Why is Thoracic Mobility important?

Gabie Falconer


Gabie comes from the country town of Dubbo which is about 5 hours north west of Sydney. Her passion for chiropractic comes from many years of interest in health and the human body as well as personal experiences with chiropractic treatment. She has a passion for health and the benefits that chiropractic has on the body. Gabie has attended courses in Thompson Technique and Dry Needling to help expand her knowledge within the field.

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The Thoracic spine is the middle section of your vertebra between your neck and lower back and is made up by 12 thoracic vertebra and the rib cage. Mobility through this region is important for achieving ideal posture and to prevent pain and injury during sporting performances.

Our modern lifestyles and different sports can lead to stiffness and decreased movement which increases the rounding curve of the thoracic spine leading to pain, injury and decreased performance.

Having poor thoracic mobility can lead to:

  • Poor posture
  • Poor breathing patterns
  • Shoulder joint problems
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Lower back problems

With a stiff thoracic spine the natural rounded curve increases and the ability to extend (straighten) is decreased which leads to the neck and head sitting forward on the spine, creating neck pain headaches and stress on the vertebra of the spine. While below the thoracic spine the pelvis often ends up in the anterior tilt, leading to the lower back becoming more rounded in the reverse direction creating pain in the lower back. These changes long term can impact on how the upper and lower limbs function, in particular the shoulder joint by changing the way the shoulder blade moves on the rib cage.

An area with increased research is the link of thoracic spine stiffness with changes to the biomechanics of breathing. Normal breathing requires the ribs to move in a bucket handle type motion (the ribs expand outwards-like lifting a handle on a bucket!). However the stiffer the rib joints are leads to less movement and altering the breathing pattern, especially when higher breathing rates and breathing volumes are required.

As a Chiropractor, we are focused on influencing the bodies function through structural correction and promoting a strong and stable musculoskeletal system to be biomechanically prepared for the rigors of training, competition and eventual injury.

Essential Health Centre Chiropractors can assist in teaching postural awareness and correction so that you can have improved range of motion in your thoracic spine. Manual adjustments, mobilisations, lengthening and strengthening will enable better neck, head and shoulder movement to assist in reducing discomfort or pain you may be experiencing and improve overall health and prevent wear and tear on the spine. Make an enquiry or book by calling 02 8411 1024 or email enquiries@essentialhealthcentre.com.au


A slouched body posture decreases arm mobility and changes muscle recruitment in the neck and shoulder region, by Malmström, Olsson, Baldetorp & Fransson. European Journal of Applied Physiology (2015)

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