If you sit all day long, which many of us do, you’ll notice you don’t turn your thoracic spine very much. That’s the area between your waist and your chest, and it can start to feel crunched down the more still you sit.
Physical therapist Allison Haynes, DPT, demonstrates a great and simple way to give that spine a good stretch and twist to loosen it up and make you feel less tight. Lie on your side with your legs drawn up 90 degrees. Bring your arms out in front of you with your hands together, and then lift the upper arm over and straight out to the other side of your body. Turn your head with the arm to look at the arm that moved. Hold the position, then return back to the other side. Repeat on the other side of your body. You should feel your spine area open up.