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Due to our modern day sedentary lifestyle, many of us develop stiffness in our bodies. One area that is especially prone to becoming stiff is the thoracic spine. Because people sit down so often, back flexibility is lost commonly in thoracic rotation and thoracic extension.
When one loses rotation in their thoracic spine, they will compensate for that loss elsewhere. Quite commonly, people will rotate more at their cervical spine and lumbar spine, or at their neck and lower back. When this happens, these areas move more and can become worn out over time due to doing more work.
This can over time lead to issues like back pain and joint degeneration. A great upper back stretch that you can do to prevent this from happening and to improve your spine health is to first lay on your side. Keep your bottom leg straight with your top leg bent. Hold your top knee with your bottom hand.
Now to perform this upper back stretch, you are going to lead with your top hand and follow it with your head. Make sure you are rotating at your thoracic spine as well. If your bottom knee is staying on the ground and your top shoulder is touching the floor at the end of the stretch, you are doing the exercise correctly.
Not only is this stretch a great exercise to improve thoracic rotation, but it also effective in providing upper back pain relief. Incorporating this exercise into your workout routine will likely help you out significantly!
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