Thoracic extension exercises are a great way to focus on individual impairments and functional limitations. Thoracic extension exercises can help improve range of motion, flexibility, and overall posture. There are numerous ways to perform this exercise.
Here are some great ways to help you perform this exercise.
CanDo® Inflatable Exercise Balls
Exercise balls are used to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and even just for fun. Balls are used as aids for vestibular movement and equilibrium therapy, by fitness professionals as an aid for stretching and strength programs, as seats, and even by pregnant women in birthing classes. The CanDo® balls have a non-slip surface that is ribbed for extra security. The balls may be “under” inflated to give a soft, mushy feel or fully inflated for a firm, bouncy feel. Available in various color-coded sizes and 3 styles: standard balls have a 300 lb capacity, ABS Extra Thick have a 450 lb – 600 lb capacity range, and Super-Duty Super Thick balls have a 600 lb capacity.
CanDo® Inflatable Exercise Saddle Rolls
The CanDo® inflatable saddle rolls are easier to control than exercise balls because motion is limited to the forward and backward rotation. These colorful inflatable molded heavy-duty rolls can support up to 300 pounds. Rolls aid in developing muscles, coordination, and balance. Further, the “saddle” offers extra support for the patient. Inflatable rolls also make a great addition to individual physical fitness regimes. Available in various color-coded sizes.
CanDo® Foam Rollers
CanDo® foam rollers are perfect for positioning, balance, postural and muscle re-education, spinal stabilization, body awareness and coordination, and ranging and strengthening activities. Round rollers offer progressive exercise sequences – user can graduate from an easier (smaller diameter) to a more difficult (larger diameter) roller. CanDo® foam rollers are strong enough to be used by large adults and active children. Foam rollers are available in 36″ and 12″ lengths with either a round (circular) or half-round (semi-circular) profile.
CanDo® Back Stretcher
CanDo® Back Stretcher is designed to mimic the natural curve of the spine. This design is used to correct posture and stretch your back muscles. Simply recline on the CanDo® Back Stretcher so that the spine aligns with the indent in the middle of the back stretcher. Lie on the back stretcher for five-minute intervals as it supports the back and muscles. Regular use of the CanDo® Back Stretcher can improve posture and relieve any discomforts caused by poor posture, including muscle spasms, headaches, and muscle tension.
Please consult with your healthcare provider before participating in any exercise or activity.
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Article Written By Eric Trauber, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT