Thoracic spine mobility
T-spine hypomobility has become so commonly accepted in our society that people rarely notice they have a problem. Nearly everyone slumps when sitting, and few perform the types of exercises that require a full range of spinal motion. Those who spend hours at computers sacrifice t-spine mobility for stability, as joint and ligament proprioceptors designed to inform the brain where it is in space become lazy. Conversation between body and brain grows difficult and unreliable. Eventually, coordination, balance, and movement become limited and painful. When you shoot a rubber band, it will be propelled a greater distance the farther back it is pulled. Similarly, the greater your myoskeletal mobility, the greater your range of motion, and the more tension (and therefore power) you’ll be able to generate. This particularly applies to competitive athletes. Strength without the ability to move freely is pointless. Any compound movement requiring precision and communication between connective tissue, joints, and the brain will be more difficult, and the risk of injury—or reinjury—that much higher. Power, output, and speed are all compromised by reduced joint mobility.