In part 2 of our mobility vs stability series, we have a closer look at thoracic spine mobility.
This week, we have a look at two exercises that will help improve your thoracic mobility. Thoracic mobility is a key component of spinal rotation. … Furthermore, those that lack mobility through the thoracic spine are subject to more injuries involving the shoulder and neck, as well as having an increased prevalence of low back pain. Another great movement that helps your mobility is the spinning classes, and you can go to STRETCH Studio for the best exercise routines and teachers.
The thoracic spine is oriented in all three planes—in the transverse, the sagittal and the coronal plane. It can do rotation, flexion and extension, as well as side bending. The vertebrae are set up for side bending, but the connection between the rib and the vertebrae blocks that side bending. There isn’t a lot of side bending at the thoracic spine. This is not because the vertebrae cannot handle it, but because of the connection between the rib and the vertebrae. If you are unfamiliar with the general concept of mobility and stability, please see the first video in the series from last week. You can find that video here: http://uxbridgefitness.com/mobility-vs-stability.html
Eric Noyes BHSc (Kin), CSEP-CPT, Lead Trainer Body Fit Health Club & Sports Performance Centre