We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other PTs around the world. Occasionally we share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our hands-on physical therapy helps others to get back to the active lifestyles they want and deserve. This video shows an example of techniques for Upper Thoracic Joint Mobilization with Patient Movement. This might be a great option for you if you’re having trouble looking over your shoulder.
If you have pain when you are looking over your shoulder and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.
I’ve been seeing my therapist at Carter PT every other week for about 5 months. I’ve had ongoing, significant pain and discomfort with my shoulder, neck and back for over 3 years. I had been to other PTs, tried Airrosti, got massages—nothing has been nearly as helpful as my time with him. I feel he actually listens to me and really cares about me as a patient. He takes a holistic approach—examining and working with the entire body, since everything is so interconnected. He also helps to identify bad habits in day-to-day life, and form a plan to correct these to eventually stop these recurring pains from persisting or returning.
Each session is a totally personalized and hands-on experience. He spends most of the hour-long session doing manual therapy and will give a few meaningful exercises for you to do on your own—without overwhelming you with a laundry list of them.
After trying multiple Physical Therapy places that accepted my insurance and having negative to incredibly negative experiences at each of them (30 short minutes of people so obviously checked out, attention divided, giving me some exercise worksheets and sending me on my way, etc.), I decided I’d go see a PT that doesn’t accept insurance in hopes that I’d get better care. Best decision ever.
This is the first time in 3 years that I feel like I have an understanding what’s going on in my body and what we’re doing to solve the problem. After 5 months, my pain has significantly decreased, and I’m continuing to chip away at it with my therapist at Carter PT.
SARAH H, AUSTIN TX
Upper Thoracic Joint Mobilization Video Transcription
(please excuse grammatical errors and the conversational nature of the transcription):
“We are going to work on some of these joints along here to see if it relieves the pain. Ask the patient to look to the left slowly. Do a left rotation of T1 on T2, working on the spinous process and holding to the side while blocking the lower spinous process.
After that, the patient resumes looking directly forward.
As we move the segment down, do that rotation again, holding it for a second or longer, and then come back to the middle.
Then the patient looks again to the left—and ask if it has changed anything to the symptoms there.
We should make sure that all the issues with both joints and soft tissue are improving because these kinds of issues sometimes come back when there are residual muscle spasms going.”