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.
The thoracic spine, otherwise known as the mid or upper back is made up of twelve vertebrae (T1 through T12). It sits between the cervical (neck) and the lumbar spine (low back) and articulates with the ribs laterally. Normally, the T-spine will have a subtle curvature, known as a kyphotic angle that ranges between 20 – 45 degrees.
Thoracic spine function can have a direct correlation with low back pain.
When moving appropriately, the T-spine should have the ability to extend and rotate. Many activities of daily living can take their toll on T-spine function. Sitting is one the prime culprits. With prolonged sitting, the T-Spine commonly loses its ability to be move, specifically in extension and rotation.
When the T-spine misses extension and rotation, the body will often times find extension and rotation elsewhere. When too much extension takes place at the lumbar spine low back pain will often follow.
Thoracic spine flexion
Check out this week’s Movement Monday video where I outline two strategies for improving thoracic spine extension.
T-spine Foam Roller Fulcrum Extensions
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.
The Glute Bridge is a great way to train both abdominal stability as well as some dynamic neuromuscular control.
Take a look at this week’s Movement Monday video where Jon and I walk you and talk you through the specifics of the Glute Bridge.
At Des Moines Spine+Sport 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. We have no interest in making life long patients. Through the use of hands-on techniques we are able to destroy pain which allows our patients to live pain free.
Your low back, more specifically your lumbar spine, has the ability to move and bear enormous weights (see the 1155 pounds below). This ability is unique when compared to the other regions of the spine. To effectively bear enormous loads, such as 1155 pounds, the low back must be in a stableposition. When not in a stable position, low back pain follows.
It’s that time of year again. The CrossFit community is gearing up for “the Open.” The CrossFit Games Open is a worldwide competition that takes place over a five week period. Last year athletes from over 100 countries registered online to enter and complete a series of workouts. The workouts are timed, judged, and scored. Athletes are then ranked based on performance. Top performing athletes move on to regional competitions and from there to a worldwide event, the Reebok CrossFit Games. The athletes that qualify for the CrossFit Games are the best in the world. Most have sponsors and contracts. They are professional athletes. This is the sport of CrossFit. Read More