Thoracic spine mobility is an extremely important, and often times overlooked, and can be the component to a variety of dysfunctions. Poor thoracic mobility can affect the shoulder, neck, low back, and hip very easily. We have touched on this before in our #survivingdeskwork post about how in our daily habits (sitting, computer work, driving, etc.) make us all very prone to poor thoracic spine mobility.
There are many variations of thoracic spine mobility exercises and drills out there. Here are a couple of thoracic spine mobility exercises that you can try at home, at the gym, or even work.
Thoracic extension with a foam roller
Thoracic extension with a foam roller is a great way to increase thoracic mobility, if done correctly! Unfortunately it’s commonly done incorrectly and therefore ineffective. .
Most people we see are just rolling forward and back, never actually getting any mobility in their thoracic spine. The key is relaxing your spine over the roller in several different segments along the thoracic spine.
Open Book Exercise
The open book exercise is one of the first mobility exercises we show our patients with a tight upper back and poor thoracic mobility. Try to perform this exercise twice a day and don't forget to do both sides 10 times each.
This blog is meant to inform and instruct with descriptions and videos only. It is NOT medical advice. If you have pain, please come and see one of our licensed practitioners.