While the upper and lower regions of the spine are designed for stability, the segment in the middle, known as the thoracic spine, is designed for mobility. The spinal motion segments (vertebrae, intervertebral discs and facet joints) in this part of the spine are specifically designed for flexion, extension and rotation. With sedentary lifestyles on the rise, we are treating more and more people with poor thoracic (and thus, poor spinal) mobility. What does that mean for you?
And these problems, when left unadressed, will compound over time, leading to spinal degeneration, pain and dysfunction. You begin to see why thoracic mobility is a health priority at our office in Park Slope.
The paradox of thoracic mobility is that it relies on movement in the first place; in order to maintain thoracic mobility, we have to be mobile. The thoracic spine influences movement and function up above and below its particular segment, which means that maintaining its mobility is central to maintaining your spinal health. Here are some of the benefits to be gained from more thoracic mobility:
Improving thoracic mobility starts with identifying the particular points that are limited. We then use targeted, natural modalities, including spinal adjustment and mobilization, to restore mobility and reduce pain. By lengthening the spine, and then gently restoring mobility to the thoracic spinal joints, we effect great improvements in your overall spinal health. From here, we enact a plan of stretching and strengthening that focuses on maintaining the mobility of your thoracic spine. If you are looking to make profound improvements in your spinal health this year, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.