Mid Back Pain / Thoracic Pain
The thoracic region has comparatively little movement when compared to the neck or low back; however further small changes in its function can have profound effects.
The thoracic regions mobility can be affected by:
- Poor posture
- Rib issues
- Shoulder problems
- Neck injuries
- Diaphragmatic tension
The thoracic section of the spine is further split into several regions or pain locations
Upper mid back pain:
Closely related to all things neck and has close links to posture. A rounded kyphosis or increased spinal curve in this area can have considerable effects on mobility and pain levels.
Pain between the shoulder blades:
This is most likely due to failure in other areas placing strain to the centre of the thoracic region, poor posture and muscle imbalances create tension on the facet joints and rib heads in this area which can often create quite intense pain patterns as well as the usual dull burning postural ache.
Lower mid back pain:
Mostly related to the lower back and pelvis, again posture is a central component to how this area functions. Issues with muscle imbalance and especially weakened core stability can create restricted movement and pain in the lower mid back.
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