Treat Rotator Cuff Pain with Thoracic Mobility

When a person experiences shoulder pain that is not from an injury, the usual culprit is faulty biomechanics.  Unfortunately in today’s work, home and school environments, poor posture is everywhere.  From computer work, smart phones, and video games, we spend an enormous amount of time in an unhealthy posture.  Over time, this can cause the spine to deform into an unhealthy position, as well has to loose its ability to move properly.  For this blog we will be covering the mid back or thoracic spine and how it relates to shoulder pain.

For the shoulder to be able to move properly, the thoracic spine must be able to move.  If the spinal bones in the mid back get stuck or if the mid back becomes to rounded as from sitting to much, this effects the shoulders mobility.  It can take a while for symptoms to develop and they may only be experienced at certain times such as during exercise, or reaching for an object.  Over time, a person might get shoulder pain at night or have a loss in range of motion when performing tasks like putting a shirt or bra on.

Test for thoracic mobility

A quick test to see if you have proper thoracic mobility is the “touchdown signal” test.  Raise both of your arms over head as far as you can.  A person looking at you from the side, should see your arms move past your ear.  If not, you probably have some thoracic spine issues.

Improving Shoulder Flexion with Thoracic Mobility.

One of the more common shoulder problems is shoulder flexion or raising the arm overhead.  Many times this can be improved by improving thoracic mobility.

Upper Back Self Myofascial Release:

If you have tight shoulders in flexion, using Self Myofascial Release on your upper back with a lacrosse ball, is an excellent way to improve range of motion, mobility and feel a whole lot better.   It will break up knots, adhesions, reduce soreness, and keep your body performing well. You will immediately see improvements in your shoulder flexion.

Follow These Steps:

  1. Start on your your back with a lacrosse ball between your shoulder blade and your spine.
  2. Slowly lift your hips and place more of your body weight on the ball while letting your head relax on the ground.
  3. Move the arm on the same side of the lacrosse ball towards your opposite hip.
  4. Proceed to move your arm back past your head keeping your arm as close to your ear as possible.
  5. Continue moving your arm back and forth from hip to hear at a 5 count pace for two minutes.

This is just one of the many problems that can cause shoulder pain and rotator cuff issues.  It just so happens to be one of the more common ones.  If you would like our help in fixing this problem or any other problem you might have, just click the get started button below.  We offer a free, no obligation consultation to see if our care can help you.

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