Stretch your thoracic vertebrae. These are the bones in your middle and upper spine.
Sit up straight without support behind your lower back. Place your hands on your shoulders, such that your right hand is on your right shoulder and your left hand is on your left shoulder.
Lift both of your arms, trying to point your elbows up towards the sky. Keep your head facing forward.
You should feel the stretch in the centre of your middle and/or upper back.
Hold for 30 seconds.
Repeat 3 times. 10 second rest in between stretches.
This exercise is particularly important for people who sit at a desk all day or who drive for a living.
It is also very important for people with a diagnosis of osteoporosis to prevent a permanent hunchback posture
This easy exercise will help your upper back by increasing flexibility and mobility of the bones in your spine.
This exercise will relieve pain in your upper back (thoracic spine).
The injuries which would be helped by this stretch include:
All of the exercises in this program are designed to facilitate stress relief, relaxation and meditation if desired. Take this you-time to allow yourself to unwind while taking long, slow deep breaths throughout the exercise.
This exercise is part of my daily thirty minute Flexibility & Posture program. Its a balanced, light program which I have designed on the back of successfully prescribing exercises for thousands of patients so far.