Range of Motion in the Thoracic (Vertebrae)
The lesser thought of set of vertebrae when it comes to dysfunction is the thoracic. The thoracic vertebrae have a limited range of motion because they form the the thoracic cage which houses the heart and lungs. This makes them the least vulnerable to injury, but misalignments in this region still occur, and can cause discomfort.
Ensuring your thoracic spine’s health imparts upon you the following benefits:
- Improved spinal mechanics
- Better shoulder mechanics
- Greater lung capacity
- Better diaphragm functioning
- Increased range of motion
The spine is not one long bone; as such, the thoracic vertebrae are meant to be a functioning member of your spine. While the thoracic spine may have limited motion, it is not meant to be immobile. If you are feeling pain in the middle of your back, it is worth getting an assessment to ensure that your thoracic vertebrae are in alignment. Call our office in Houston to find out how you can start using your spine to its maximum mechanical advantage.
We can be reached at (713) 862-2440
Dr. Randall Holmes, D.C.