The Thoracic spine is characterized as the mid back, or more specifically the 12 spinal vertebrae with ribs. Thoracic spine mobility stretches can help correct posture, relieve pressure off the lower back, and improve overall mobility. The video below displays two awesome thoracic spine mobility exercises.
Thoracic Spine Mobility Stretch 1:
Thoracic Spine Twist. Well, I made that name up but it describes the stretch adequately. This thoracic spine mobility stretch will help improve mid back flexibility, alleviating unnecessary pressure off of the lower back. When the mid back can flex safely, the lower back can remain neutral.
Thoracic Spine Mobility Stretch 2:
Thoracic Spine Opener On Bench. Another made-up name, but you get the idea. This stretch is great for reversing the slouching effects of sitting and developing that attractive open, extended posture. The Thoracic Spine Opener can be done in many ways, and can feel strange (like it is hard to breathe) if you are especially tight in the mid back - see middle back pain.
Thoracic Spine Mobility Perks:
Thoracic spine mobility takes the pressure off the lower back, improves the quality of movement, and even can increase your mood via posture correction. Try out these 2 stretches for just 3 consecutive days to see a real impact!