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Thoracic Spine Chair Stretch

By Jeff

Attention Rotational Sport Athletes & Desk Workers!

This edition of Tri-Covery Education deals with the Thoracic Spine and quick technique to give some much needed relieve in a very commonly held stress spot. The thoracic vertebrae compose the middle segment of the vertebral column. There are 12 in the human body. They are distinguished by the presence of facets on the sides of the bodies for articulation with heads of the ribs.

The main function is to hold the rib cage and protect the heart and lungs. In rotational sports, athletes must have, at minimum, adequate thoracic spine mobility in order to create the needed separation to transfer force from the lower extremity to the upper extremity while swinging/hitting, throwing, shooting and while changing direction.

For everyday desk workers, being "hunched" over a computer, really puts a massive strain on the upper thoracic and neck area. It creates rounded shoulder that leads to a lot of pain. Loosening this area then some regular strength exercises with help the pain tremendously!

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