Having adequate mobility through the mid-back, also known as the thoracic spine, is important in preventing pain and dysfunction. The thoracic spine consists of 12 vertebrae that starts at the base of the neck and runs down to the low back.
It covers a large portion of the spine and is meant to be mobile so we can flex forward, extend backward, bend side to side, and rotate left and right.
If we lose that mobility or it becomes restricted over time, it can have negative consequences on other parts of the body. An extreme example of this would be a person with a severe hunchback.
If the thoracic spine isn’t moving well, the neck and low back compensate and have to work harder to make up for that lack of movement. So along with the mid-back pain a person may be experiencing, low back, neck, and shoulder pain may also develop down the road.
One of easiest ways to prevent this loss in mobility is to maintain a tall, upright posture when sitting. Slouching accelerates that mobility loss leading to long term pain and dysfunction so start thinking about that posture now!
Dr. Ryan Donahue was born and raised in Sioux City, IA. He attended the University of Iowa where he received a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Physiology before graduating Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Donahue is a Certified Provider of Active Release Technique, RockTape kinesiology tape, and SMART Tools (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). He has also had extensive post graduate training in various treatment and rehabilitation approaches that include McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).