The Thoracic Spine

The thoracic spine is basically the area between your neck and back, situated between your shoulder blades. It is a highly interesting region of the spine for us professionals. It tends not to be complained about as much as the neck and back. It can, however, be responsible for a great variety of symptoms.

Many important nerve structures emanate from this area of the spine. This means that problems here can give symptoms that indicate problems associated with the parts of the nervous system called the SYMPATHETIC and PARASYMPATHETIC systems. These particular parts of your nervous system control bodily functions like sweating, body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure to name a few.

This does not mean that a problem in this area of the spine will automatically give problems with any of the previously mentioned body systems. People do, however, often complain of feeling generally tired or unwell when they have a problem in this area.

I have found thoracic spine problems enormously interesting to treat over the years. I don't think it is the easiest area to get good at treating but it can be highly rewarding. In my experience the tendency is for symptoms to either go very quickly with the right treatment or be very stubborn.

Basic Anatomy

The thoracic spine is made up of twelve vertebrae stacked on top of each other. The normal shape of this area of the spine is called a KYPHOSIS. This is a curve bowing outwards from the back, opposing the natural curvature of the neck and back areas and tending to be stiffer too in comparison.

Basic Problems affecting the thoracic spine

Many of the problems of the thoracic spine are due to the tendency of the joints in this area to become so stiff. Much of this can be attributed to the postural and occupational demands of sitting, driving and bending, associated with the twentieth and twenty first centuries.


Many problems are quickly and positively affected by addressing such postural issues. The relief that simple corrrective exercises can bring is often a joy to see on patients' faces.

In my experience men tend to have more problems in his area than women. Their spines tend to be that much stiffer and require stronger therapeutic techniques. Having said that skilled mobilisation and manipulation works wonders on this area of the spine for either sex.

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