The Mid Back
The mid back, or thoracic spine, is the important connection between our neck and lower back. The thoracic spine is abused by us everyday by adopting the common slouched posture when we sit driving, watching tv, or behind the desk at work.
The thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae labelled T1-T12. Just like at the neck and lower back, between each vertebrae is a disc which acts as a shock absorption cushion. Attached to each of these vertebrae is one of your ribs, and also at each level a spinal nerve exits and runs alongside your ribs to supply that level. This is why poor functioning at your thoracic spine can affect your breathing or cause pain referral as chest pain. A layering of muscles overly these joints connecting the mid back to the neck, lower back and shoulder complex.
With an acute injury, for example a sudden jarring or external force, or from poor posture, arthritis, or overuse, any of these structures can be damaged, starting a cascade of events. This can result in pain, loss of range of motion, muscle spasm, joint stiffness, weakness or pins and needles, overall limiting your ability to function with normal activities of daily living.
How Physio mechanics can help
If left untreated minor mid back injuries can cause long term complications. Physio mechanics can help. On your first visit we will perform a thorough initial assessment allowing us to confirm your diagnosis and answer any questions you have. From there we will devise an individualised short term treatment plan to relieve your current symptoms, and a long term plan to prevent future reoccurrences. Common mid back physio treatments include massage, trigger point release, thoracic/shoulder girdle joint mobilisations, postural education, K taping, and stretching and strengthening exercises. If you are suffering from any mid back aches or pains ring today and arrange an appointment with one of our expert staff.
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