The body is meant to move! It was designed to move! Movement problems and postural problems can cause the body to function below optimal levels. Restoring proper function and movement in the body often restores many injury conditions.
If the body moves well we want to move more and moving more is good for our bodies!
The fascia is soft tissue and fascia surrounds EVERY muscle cell, EVERY muscle, EVERY organ in the body and effectively connects the feet to the head or the feet to the hands via the continuous spiralling, weaving network of patterns in the fascial system.
Superficial and deep fascia contain many receptor cells important in receiving external signals from our environment. Within the superficial fascia most of our receptors for touch, temperature and stretch etc are located. Whereas within the deeper fascia receptors involved in body positioning accuracy/proprioception for the timing and activation of muscles. Both superficial and deep fascial receptors send signals/information to and from the central nervous system via the Autonomic Nervous System.
The thoracic spine is made up of 12 ribs, 12 thoracic vertebrae, the sternum and associated cartilage. The region has not only got the usual between vertebra joints, but each level also has an extra joint on each side of the body where the ribs attach to the spine. It is an area where balance is important and where imbalance can create issues as far away as the feet or head.
The thoracic region also has the heart and lungs underneath as well as the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) which as part of our Autonomic Nervous System (the involuntary part of our body and nervous system that runs without our conscious instructions) activates our stress ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response. An overactive SNS can lead to injury and illness if the imbalance is prolonged. Physical therapy techniques as well as meditation etc can help correct such SNS overactivity.
If the thoracic ring is found to be driver or cause of an issue there are gentle techniques which can help restore normal functioning and movement to this area.
Thoracic ring correction techniques gently help to restore balance to the thoracic region and to any other region it may be affecting.
Workplace assessments can be arranged or general advice can be given regarding the ideal set up of a workstation.
Having a perfect workstation does not guarantee your musculo-skeletal issues will go away but if you have a terrible workstation, it will not matter how good your therapist or medical professional is, your musculo-skeletal issue will prevail, simply because you spend so much time in your workplace.
A good workstation is vital to minimise poor postural habits and imbalances that may go on to create issues outside of work as well.