Mid Back Pain?
The thoracic spine extends from the lower neck down to the last rib. It is often a neglected part of the body, which is surprising considering that it is just as prone to stiffness as other parts of the spine. Though it is a difficult part of the body to stretch. A stiff thoracic spine can cause pain between the shoulder blades. It can also cause excess loading of the lumbar spine, the neck and shoulders.
This in turn can lead to pain in these areas as well as headaches. In really extreme cases, a stiff thoracic spine can lead to a condition known as Dowager’s (or Bison’s) Hump, which is a thickening of the soft tissues at the base of the neck.
Like so many other modern day problems resulting from work, people who spend hours in the car or sitting poorly in front of a screen are particularly prone to thoracic stiffness and the attendant problems this can cause. People with poor posture are also at risk.
As the thoracic spine provides much of the rotation and extension of the spine required for athletes, anyone that plays sport is likely to find their movement restricted and their performance limited by stiffness in this part of the spine. Injuries in other parts of the body may well follow as a result.
How can we help?
After taking a thorough history and a physical examination, we will develop a plan to correct the underlying problems. We will then explain the diagnosis and begin treatment using specific techniques to best treat the areas of malfunction.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion are just two forms of treatment we may use to treat mid back pain.
Physiotherapists are a key healthcare professional for reducing back pain. If you, or someone you know is suffering from pain, seek help early. The longer you delay the beginning of treatment, the longer it will take to recover.
Our aim is to get you back to life and doing what you love the most as quickly as possible!

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