Knock out upper back stiffness: Day 2 of the 7 Joints in 7 Days video series

This article is part of the mini-series 7 Joints in 7 Days: A video mini-course to help you knock out joint stiffness in less than 10 minutes a day.

Do you deal with a stiff upper back or stiff, achy ribs? Stretching may help, but stretches designed for muscles might not hit the right spots.

Upper back stiffness is common in people diagnosed with arthritis, as well as those who do a lot of static (non-moving) or high muscle tension activity. Extensive computer work, heavy upper body workouts, and working while bent forward can contribute to upper back stiffness.

Stiffness is also familiar to people who have suffered a traumatic injury or serious illness in the past. Many people experience a gradual onset of stiffness in the months or years following a fall accident, a long struggle with lung illness, or an extended hospital stay when they weren’t moving all that much.

If you’ve tried other flexibility exercises without luck, giving some attention to the joints in your upper back and ribcage may do the trick. Joint mobility exercises lubricate and increase blood flow, and can help you alleviate stiffness in under 10 minutes a day.

Check out the video below from our 7 Joints in 7 Days video mini-course. Try the Thoracic Series of exercises daily for at least ten days and see if you notice less upper back stiffness. 

If the exercises cause pain, or if your stiffness seemed related in time with other symptoms such as fever or illness, seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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