Okay, so what I want to talk about this month, is the thoracic spine. The thoracic spine, is from the base of the neck down to where the lumbar starts, so where your ribs are, all 12 ribs, so the thoracic spine ends where the bottom rib ends. So you’ve got the ribs attached to the thoracic spine. Your thoracic spine is designed to be mobile. Why this is important is because if you don’t have a mobile thoracic spine, that can be a cause in and of itself of shoulder problems, lower back problems or hip problems. If the thoracic spine doesn’t move like it’s supposed to, that can limit shoulder motions, it can limit your lower back, and it can limit your hip. So what we have found here, and through all our studies and all that with the gurus out there, is that you need to address the thoracic spine first and a lot of times, if you’re lacking in mobility of your thoracic spine, correcting that helps take care of other problems that you may not have even then have to work with.
Quick example: if Brian stands here and he’s got good motion through his thoracic spine and he raises that arm, he can raise that arm all the way up no problem, but if he rounds that thoracic spine forward, now raise your arm up. He can’t go all the way, because this is not worked out now, because that’s not allowing it. So that looks like a shoulder problem, but it’s the thoracic spine that is limiting that. So, do that again, Brian, please. Now just straighten your thoracic spine, and then the motion comes back. So my point is that sometimes we look at the wrong place and try to treat it, regaining the, or trying to fix the problem when we haven’t really determined, where is the actual problem coming from.
So that’s why the exercises this week, we’re going to be addressing how to regain and focus on the mobility of these thoracic spine. You will not need any equipment, these are easily done at home. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing.
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