Trunk Stiffness and Poor Breathing

By Healthweb | May 18, 2015

Our experienced Physios at Physiotherapy for Women are regularly treating very stiff, almost rigid muscles and joints of the ribcage, mid back and shoulder blades.

Habitual upper chest  breathing is often associated with trunk stiffness.

The upper chest and shoulder girdle muscles take over from normal diaphragmatic breathing.  The diaphragm is a core stabilising muscle that separates your chest cavity from your abdominal cavity.

Ineffective breathing is energy sapping with working the wrong muscle systems.

women can be presenting with:

  • sharp shoulder blade pain with movement
  • breath holding.
  • rib pain on the breath in
  • limited trunk and/or neck.
  • rotation
  • mid back stiffness
  • poor breathing patterns
  • increased kyphosis or mid back rounding
  • forward head posture
  • weak core muscles

Examination of the thoracic spine ribcage, shoulders, neck and breathing is essential.  This enables the Physio to set a specific treatment plan.

Physiotherapy treatment may include:

  • restoring normal breathing patterns
  • soft tissue massage
  • specific joint mobilisation
  • ultrasound
  • muscle trigger point release
  • dry needling/acupuncture
  • strengthening core muscle stability
  • strengthening shoulder girdle muscles
  • training neck and mid back posture
  • restoring movement patterns with breath awareness

Moving well with healthy breathing is invigorating.