We help lots of patients to overcome their mobility problems with a variety of physical therapy techniques. And we also sometimes teach personal trainers how to help their clients exercise without injuring themselves. This video is a segment from such a presentation.
This was my answer to a question by a personal trainer who wanted to know how to help patients with thoracic mobility issues.
Helping Patients With Mobility Problems To Loosen Their Thoracic Spine
(Please excuse grammatical errors, as this is simply a transcription of conversational speaking)
If they’re having thoracic mobility problems, I like to start them (if they’re not in the clinic getting manual treatment) by getting on the foam roller. And we just kind of get it worked out and get it loosened it up like that.
Then just combining different arm drives with lunges—going off to the side, reaching under, that kind of thing. If you have things like this you can grab onto and just kind of driving in different directions as you’re working them, that usually does a good amount of loosening for them.