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Therapy of the thoracic spine

Technique: Mobilization of the thoracic spine extension movement (straightening, posture training)

The choice of exercise and the intensity of execution depend on the individual findings in consultation with the physiotherapist.

Appointment with a shoulder specialist

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I would be happy to advise you!

Who am I?
My name is Carmen Heinz. I am a specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery in the specialist team of .

The shoulder joint is one of the most complicated joints in the human body.

The treatment of the shoulder (rotator cuff, impingement syndrome, calcified shoulder (tendinosis calcarea, biceps tendon, etc.) therefore requires a lot of experience.
I treat a wide variety of shoulder diseases in a conservative way.
The aim of any therapy is treatment with full recovery without surgery.
Which therapy achieves the best results in the long term can only be determined after looking at all of the information (Examination, X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, etc.) be assessed.

You can find me in:

  • Lumedis - your orthopedic surgeon
    Kaiserstrasse 14
    60311 Frankfurt am Main

Directly to the online appointment arrangement
Unfortunately, it is currently only possible to make an appointment with private health insurers. I hope for your understanding!
You can find more information about myself at Carmen Heinz.

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1. Self-exercise for the thoracic spine in impingement syndrome

Starting position
Sit on a stool with your arms crossed over your chest

Exercise execution
the upper body is rolled up and emphasized again, the sternum is raised, the shoulder blades are pulled back and down towards the pockets

effect
Extension of the thoracic spine, improved posture

2. Self-exercise for the thoracic spine

Starting position
Sit on a stool with your arms hanging next to your body

Exercise execution
the shoulders are rolled over the front up to the back down, the shoulder blades and the shoulder joint head are deliberately pulled back and down

effect
Strengthening the muscles that pull the shoulder joint head backwards

3. Self-exercise for the thoracic spine during impingement

Starting position
Sit on a stool, the arms are turned sideways next to the body outwards (palms facing forward)

Exercise execution
the shoulder blades are pulled towards the pockets, the breastbone is raised, both arms spring briefly and quickly backwards

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effect
Posture improvement, shoulder muscle strengthening and back muscle strengthening

4. Self-exercise for the thoracic spine during impingement

Starting position
Sit on a stool with the upper body straight, one arm raised, the other arm next to the body

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Exercise execution
the arms change rapidly from top to bottom with the idea of ​​working against water resistance

Important
do not work beyond the pain threshold imposed by the shoulder joint

effect
Mobilization of the transition from the cervical spine to the thoracic spine

5. Self-exercise for the thoracic spine during impingement

Starting position
Lie on your side, the upper leg is bent, the lower leg is straight, the upper arm is raised to the point of pain, the lower hand is on the bent knee, the head is supported by a pillow

Exercise execution
the upper body and arm move towards the supine position as far as the upper knee is still in contact with the floor (control with the hand); the movement can be intensified while exhaling

Important
Do not stretch beyond the pain threshold that the shoulder joint dictates

effect
Mobilization of the thoracic spine


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