Patient Education

Trouble Looking Over Your Shoulder? This Technique Will Help: Upper Thoracic Joint Mobilization With Patient Movement

We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other PTs around the world. Occasionally we share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our hands-on physical therapy helps others to get back to the active lifestyles they want and deserve. This video shows an example of techniques for Upper Thoracic Joint Mobilization with Patient Movement. This might be a great option for you if you’re having trouble looking over your shoulder.

If you have pain when you are looking over your shoulder and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

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Upper Thoracic Joint Mobilization Video Transcription

(please excuse grammatical errors and the conversational nature of the transcription):

“We are going to work on some of these joints along here to see if it relieves the pain. Ask the patient to look to the left slowly. Do a left rotation of T1 on T2, working on the spinous process and holding to the side while blocking the lower spinous process.

After that, the patient resumes looking directly forward.

As we move the segment down, do that rotation again, holding it for a second or longer, and then come back to the middle.

Then the patient looks again to the left—and ask if it has changed anything to the symptoms there.

We should make sure that all the issues with both joints and soft tissue are improving because these kinds of issues sometimes come back when there are residual muscle spasms going.”

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