An example of an integrated system, this ‘slinky shock absorber’ is integral in transference of forces & loads to & from the limbs & pelvis.
Epidemiology studies propose that approximately 13% of your patients with spinal pain will be of thoracic origin & 40% of patients with either neck or low back pain will have associated thoracic pathology.
Stiffness of the thorax restricts rotation, respiration& cervical motion & so is implicated in injuries or dysfunctions elsewhere in the system, both proximal & distal. 13 joints per thoracic ring, 136 joints overall & 112 muscle attachments demand the Physiotherapists attention.
Nonetheless, understanding & management should not be complicated, but rather simply integrated into your overall assessment of the system. Best treatment outcomes are from a combination of manual therapy with prescriptive rehabilitation & exercise that either stretches, mobilises, stabilises or strengthens the thoracic unit.
Treating the thorax doesn’t have to be hard or complicated.
This 2 hour online live webinar aims, simply, to review the thoracic pathologies as well as functional biomechanics of the thorax in a clinically applied manner. Assessment tips, treatment options & rehabilitation will also be covered. I look forward to exploring this under-described, yet crucial anatomical region with you.