Problems with the thorax (the ribs and thoracic spine) often result from trauma or faulty posture. Poor alignment of the ribs will directly affect how the ribcage and thoracic spine move as a unit and consequently how it is controlled. Due to the many muscle attachments from the ribs to the neck, shoulder blade, lumbar spine and pelvis this may manifest in a number of different presentations. Most commonly people report pain and tension between their shoulder blades and difficulty with deep breathing (in the case of trauma or rib subluxations). Quite often acute neck pain or locking may be the result of a specific rib problem.
Our therapists have specific training for treating rib related problems. Brendan McGovern has completed a specialized training course on rib & thoracic spine dysfunction with internationally renowned Canadian physiotherapist LJ Lee.