Manipulation May: Thoracic Manipulation

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Manipulation May: Thoracic Manipulation

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The thoracic spine, or the mid back, can often develop stiffness over time after prolonged poor posture, or performing repetitive exercises with poor mechanics. Thoracic pain and stiffness can be seen anywhere from high level athletes to every day office workers. To decrease pain in this region and improve mobility, PT’s can perform a thoracic manipulation. This basically applies a quick stretch to the joints of the mid back and helps reset tight muscles, improve joint range of motion, and decrease pain.


The manipulation technique may also be associated with a “pop”, which has been shown to release of a gas bubble from the joint itself which feels good and improves motion. The manipulation is usually accompanied by exercise afterwards to reinforce and improve the new range of motion we have gain by performing the manipulation. Here are some key exercises you can perform:


  1. Thread the needle
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  1. Open book stretch
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  1. Thoracic extensions (on a chair)
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For more information on how to perform these stretches, check out our upcoming videos on Facebook or instagram! If you or anyone you know has aches or pain in the mid back come schedule an initial evaluation with BRPT without a medical doctor's referral.