ONE KEY TO PREVENTING INJURIES
Your spine is made up of different sections, each supplying nerves to different body parts. However the part in the middle (the thoracic spine) is increasingly becoming less mobile.
What is the thoracic spine?
This is the part of the spine starting at the bottom of the neck and running down to the where your back arches in at the bottom. This is the part of the spine where the ribs attach to create the rib cage, vital to protecting our organs. This part of the body is affected largely by our sedentary lifestyles and jobs, essentially too much sitting at desks in front of computers.
Prolonged sitting commonly leads to poor posture and to our heads moving further forward, and our thoracic spine curves forward putting stress on the joints and nerves. This results in stiffness and discomfort.
So what movements have we lost?Extension
Extension is when something gets longer, this equates to us leaning back. As we adopt more seated positions we curl forward losing this important movement.
“This leads to the previously mentioned forward head movement, which puts pressure on the nerves in the neck, meaning we are more susceptible to headaches, neck aches and problems into the shoulder, arms and hands!”
This also has leads to the low back part of the spine changing shape (as they’re connected) and can increase the likelihood of problems in the low back and legs. Rotation
Rotation is something we see more on movements. When clients report discomfort on reaching for something, or pain on a sporting activity, it is usually due to a lack of rotation. The movement in the thoracic spine isn’t sufficient so the muscles around it are strained and the joints around it (such as the shoulder) will have to move too much. Many people with rotator cuff injuries, headaches, shoulder problems and rib pain are due to a lack rotation in the spine.
What do I need to do?
The main thing you can do day to day is the watch how you’re sitting and standing, avoiding looking down at phones or computer screens for extended periods of time. The other great thing is to see a Chiropractor for a full assessment of your body to find out the cause of issue, or even better find any movement issues before they cause pain in the first place.
Call us today to find out how we can help you move better and prevent injuries