Low back pain and thoracic rotation

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In this week’s Movement Monday video we’re taking a look at the the thoracic spine and it’s connection with low back pain….AGAIN.

Last week we talked about how the thoracic spine can have a direct correlation with low back pain.

When moving adequately, the T-spine is designed to extend and rotate.

Activities such as prolonged sitting can wreck havoc on the thoracic spine.

At Des Moines Spine and Sport we are utilize chiropractic and physical medicine principles to address thoracic spine mobility dysfunction which can be correlated with low back pain.

Thoracic spine flexion


When the T-spine is unable to rotate, the body will find rotation elsewhere.

When rotation takes place at the lumbar spine (low back) is susceptible to injury and low back pain will often times follow.

Check out this week’s Movement Monday video where we outline two strategies for improving thoracic spine rotation.


At Des Moines Spine+Sport it is our mission to provide speedy pain relief for the patients of the Urbandale and greater Des Moines area. We utilize cutting-edge chiropractic and physical medicine practices to allow our patients to get better faster. We strive to destroy pain and facilitate function as quickly as we can. Through the use of hands-on techniques we are able to destroy pain which allows our patients to live pain free.

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Dr. Brooks Newton
Dr. Brooks Newton

Dr. Brooks Newton is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a CrossFit Mobility Trainer. He specializes in the treatment of orthopedic and sport injuries which has lead him to work with athletes from the ranging from the NFL, NHL, Crossfit Games, NCAA Div I, II, and III, and the Chinese Olympic Teams.

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