Neck pain and low back pain are more common than thoracic pain (middle and upper back). However, what most folks need that have neck or low back pain is to have their thoracic area mobilized. The thoracic cage consists of the joints and connective tissue around the vertebrae, between and around individual ribs in the back and around the sides, and along the manubrium and sternum (breast bone) in the front. There is clear research evidence from the physical therapy world that mobilizing the thoracic spine is helpful in solving neck problems. In our physical therapy clinic we use both manual mobilization methods as well as specific prescribed exercises to improve mobility of the thoracic spine.
First, WATCH THIS VIDEO to see our golf PT, Brent Bode, demonstrate some 3 dimensional exercises that are easy and effective to mobilize your thoracic spine. Gently try them if you are having some low back or neck pain and stiffness, whether you are a golfer or not.
Second, WATCH THIS VIDEO to see a small sample of how we manually mobilize the thoracic spine.