Shoulder pain is becoming more prevalent in our clinics, as many individuals have had to adjust to being able to work from home for the past year. Through this transition, many haven’t had the best ergonomic (desk and computer) set up and as a result may have begun to experience some shoulder discomfort.
While there may be many reasons for an individual to experience shoulder pain, some of the most common reasons recently have been due to the lack of movement available in the mid back (thoracic spine) and rib cage.
The scapular (shoulder blade) and its connection with the rib cage is essential for painless, full range of motion. However, if the mid back and rib cage have poor movement, the shoulder blade will then have limited movement. As a result, the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint will have to work harder and do more work to achieve the desired movement. Overtime, this can cause the muscles to be overworked and ultimately result in shoulder pain.
To help with reducing the chance of experiencing these common symptoms, thoracic spine and rib cage mobility is of great importance. Below are some exercises that may assist with increasing your thoracic spine mobility. Come and see us at the clinic for an assessment, treatment and individualized program.