An example of an integrated system, this ‘slinky shock absorber’ is integral in transference of forces & loads to & from the limbs & pelvis.
Epidemiology studies propose that approximately 13% of your patients with spinal pain will be of thoracic origin & 40% of patients with either neck or low back pain will have associated thoracic pathology.
Stiffness of the thorax restricts rotation, respiration & cervical motion & so is implicated in injuries or dysfunctions elsewhere in the system, both proximal & distal. 13 joints per thoracic ring, 136 joints overall & 112 muscle attachments demands the Physiotherapists attention. Nonetheless, understanding & management should not be complicated, but rather simply integrated into your overall assessment of the system. Best treatment outcomes are from a combination of manual therapy with prescriptive rehabilitation & exercise that either stretches, mobilises, stabilises or strengthens the thoracic unit.
Treating the thorax doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. This 1 day course aims, simply, to teach you all the above principles in a clinically applied manner, so that you can tackle your next patient with a thoracic disorder with both skill & confidence.