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Your Ribcage: Rib Mobility and Your Spine
Julie Blandin

The ribcage is a huge part of anatomy that tends to be ignored, especially when treating low back pain.

Our ribcage is thought of as a steel cage that isn’t supposed to be very mobile, however, our ribcage is meant to be very mobile! Ribs attach to the front of our body on the sternum and are long levers that wrap all they way back to our vertebrae.

Think of the handle bars on a bike – where the handle bars go, the rest of the bike will follow – same for the spine! Our ribs steer the direction of the spine, so proper rib mobility is crucial for our spine health.

At Thrive, we teach proper respiration techniques coupled with the training of your obliques to keep your ribcage in an optimal position and prevent low back pain.

In a lot of cases, low back pain is due to an immobile ribcage and causes a lot of compensatory movement in your spine and can lead to ruptured discs and excessive muscle tightness.

Your obliques are attached to your lower 8 ribs, which take up more than half of your ribcage! Ensuring that your obliques are properly strengthened in biomechanically sound positions will promote proper ribcage mobility, therefore eliminating excessive stress on your spine.

Thriving Magazine September 2022 Issue 15

September Thriving Magazine • Issue 15

September is Self Care Awareness Month and our September issue of Thriving magazine is focused on just that… With an emphasis on setting yourself up for aging with vitality. The choices we make today will have a huge impact on our future selves, and we want to help you lead healthy, strong and energetic lives. Enjoy!

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