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Apr 8

A pain in the… middle back?!

By Vital Core physio Marg

Middle back pain is very common, yet very debilitating.

We commonly hear of our patients spending hours sitting at the computer, watching television or working away in the garden without taking a break. Does this sound like you?

Prolonged postures, awkward positions and movements can all result in overload of the spine and surrounding tissues, resulting in stiffness, tightness and discomfort.

Your spine can be divided into three major parts:

  • Cervical (Neck)
  • Thoracic (Middle back), and
  • Lumbar spine (Low back)
Diagram of a human spine with the name and description of all sections and segments of the vertebrae. Vector illustration.

Your thoracic spine runs from the base of your neck to your lower spine. It comprises of 12 individual bones called vertebrae, which play an important part in supporting your rib cage. The upper thoracic spine is structured more to allow rotation (twisting movements), while your lower thoracic spine facilitates more forward, backward and side-bending movement.

Understanding the anatomy of your thoracic spine is helpful in understanding how its movement.  Dysfunction of the thoracic spine not only results in stiffness, tightness and discomfort, but can also impact your neck, shoulders, ribs and low back.

If you’ve been to Vital Core physio before for your neck or low back, we would likely have also looked at the movement of your Thoracic spine too.

What can you do to help your thoracic spine?

Move more daily, avoid prolonged postures and try these moves to help mobility through your thoracic spine. Check out our blog on getting more exercise into your day.

Below are three wonderful and simple exercises that can help improve the movement of your thoracic spine. They are copied from the a simple app based patient exercise system called Physiapp that we use here at Vital Core for all our patient exercise programs. With this we can individualise exercise programs for you to do at home. You can see each exercise and there is both verbal and written explanation to ensure you get the exercise correct every time.

If you think your thoracic spine may be the underlying cause of some of your issues and would like an expert set of ears, eyes and hands to help assess, treat and motivate you on the right path to wellness, the team at Vital Core are standing by to help.

Call the clinic on 08 8331 0552 or book online today.