The thoracic spine is one of the least mobile parts of the spine and it plays a major role in body statics. If the spine is too curved, or the muscles supporting it are atrophied, it will cause problems and lead to pain elsewhere.
Dr. Ronald Steiner will show you how you can align, mobilize and strengthen your spine in this video. The sequence is particularly suitable for inflammation-inducing back conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis or Scheuermann's disease which occurs in adolescence.
A pathological curvature of the spine will be compensated with the cervical spine. The head wanders forward in order to align the head to look horizontally. This 'turtle-neck' posture now creates a lever on the cervical spine. To counter this weight, the neck muscles have to work continuously. Chronic tension and headaches are common symptoms of this posture. For this reason, it is important to work against the excessive curvature of the thoracic spine because it is the only way to align properly.
Mobilization of the spine
Movement usually occurs in the thoracic spine as a result of intense physical activity. This happens rarely in daily life, and as a result the thoracic spine slowly begins to lose its flexibility. This loss of mobility usually has grave consequences for the lumbar spine because it winds of having to compensate for the stiffness of the thoracic spine. The lumbar spine is not intended to move so much, and in using it in such a way it will cause further lower back complains.
For whom is this video helpful?
This video is an especially valuable tool if you had Scheuermann disease as a teenager or if you are currently suffering from it. This video contains exercises to bring the curvature under control. The sequence is also useful for people who have inflammatory diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis. With this sequence you can counteract the excessive curvature of the spine and can improve mobility.
Minute 2:05 – Sphinx: stretching the thoracic spine
Minute 4:03 – Cliff Jumper: strengthen the back extensors
Minute 5:05 – One-winged grasshopper: mobilization of the thoracic spine
Minute 5:55 – Fuchur: mobilization and strengthening of the thoracic spine
Minute 6:57 – Constructive rest with bolster: lengthening the spine
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