It is the segment of your spine that is between your neck and your lower back. Specifically, the vertebrae from T1 to T12. It is the longest section of your back and where your ribs attach to.
So why is the thoracic spine important?
– it is built to be mobile and to move into rotation, flexion, and extension.
– Is part of the thoracic cage that helps with breathing and protecting our heart and lungs
– The nerves originating from the thoracic spine are involved in the function of organs and glands in the head, neck, thorax, and abdomen.
In our modern world it is easy to lose mobility in our thoracic spine which can cause pain, limit our function, place pressure on the neck/shoulders, lower back, and hips as they over compensate, cause or increase gut issues, and affect our breathing efficiency.