UPPER BACK FEELING STIFF AND TIGHT?
If you sit at a computer all day, you are falling victim to your chair!
Your body ends up moulding to the position it spends most of the day in, and you need to do this mobility exercise to counteract that.
It is so easy to fall into bad postures, and this thoracic mobility is perfect for people who are sitting all day at work.
We often get far too rounded (or flexed) in our thorax, and that makes things like overhead movement really difficult, and can often lead to things like shoulder impingement, or headaches.
HOW TO DO THE THORACIC MOBILITY EXERCISE
This can be done effectively while you work at your desk, all you need to do is put your finger in your belly button, and your thumb at the base of your sternum.
When you're sitting in a normal posture, think about pulling those two together as much as you can, and then separating them and stretching them as much as possible.
Get your sternum pointing up to the ceiling, bring them back together, and then sternum up to the ceiling again.
Your shoulder blades should be pulled back as you point the tip of your sternum (your solar plexus) up to the ceiling.
If you can do ten repetitions of that every hour, you'll find that it'll really help to mobilise your thoracic spine, get your muscles working in your back and hopefully prevent headaches, shoulder pain, back pain, all those sorts of things.
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