UPPER & MID BACK DYSFUNCTION

The Upper Back and Mid Back is an important intersection in the torso.  It is a mobility point (or at least it SHOULD be) where the shoulder blade can fix to to stabilize the shoulder so that movement can occur at the glenohumeral joint.  It is also a fixation point for the neck and head muscles, allowing them to function properly.  In fact, Cervical (neck) extension SHOULD initiate at the T5 vertebra, which is between your shoulder blades!  Hard to imagine, but yes, this is where it should start, not at the base of your neck!  Getting movement back to this region will also keep your body from developing a Dowager’s Hump (that hump some people grow in their upper back as they age…Think Gru in Descpicable Me)

GENERAL UPPER & MID BACK TIGHTNESS / DISCOMFORT

General stiffness in the upper back is very common.  Here are some stretches that can help you avoid Gru-ing yourself as you work tirelessly at your computer or work station.  Do them daily, and use lots of heat, and remember your brain HATES change, so it will take time to loosen these muscles.  Stick with it, make it part of your day, and it will help.  You should follow these up with corrective exercises below to re-establish how this area functions.

UPPER & MID BACK CORRECTIVE EXERCISES LEVEL 1

Level 1 is the baseline exercise grouping that sets you up to progress to level 2.  These exercises in level 1 are mostly non weight-bearing, and are joint sparing, so should be safe for virtually everyone.  MAKE SURE you can do these easily and without ANY pain before progressing on to the next level.  Level 2 is more difficult!

This content is locked

Login To Unlock The Content!

UPPER & MID BACK CORRECTIVE EXERCISES LEVEL 2

Level 2…MORE difficult, more weight-bearing, more fun.  If you can master these, you are well on your way to having a great functioning upper back, and more importantly, a better functioning torso.  This series will take some time to perfect, but stick with it and you will get there.  Remember, DON’T CHEAT!!

This content is locked

Login To Unlock The Content!

UPPER CROSS SYNDROME

Upper Cross Syndrome (AKA Upper Crossed Syndrome) is a common problem that affects desk workers, computer users, and students alike.  It can be very problematic, and can lead to headaches, upper back pain, numbness down the arms, and other maladies.  We tackle how to unwind the Upper Cross in BACK SCHOOL.