Elevated First Rib Exercises & Cause Explained!
An elevated first rib can often be associated with neck and shoulder pain.
Similarly, first rib dysfunction can be one of the main contributing factors to something like Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
One commonly held belief about the cause of an elevated first rib is “tight” upper traps and/or an elevated shoulder posture. This elevated shoulder posture is often blamed on stress.
However, I find this long-held belief may not be as accurate as it could be. It may actually be the opposite…
In this video, I explain why we may be missing the bigger picture associated with an “elevated” first rib, and why the majority of first ribs might actually be “depressed”.
The answer closely relates to the effects of gravity and our perspective on what the true cause of upper trap tightness may be.
In my experience, this can have huge ramifications for the optimal way to treat first rib dysfunction. And that treatment can be as simple and effective as using a tennis ball or lacrosse ball.
Let me know if this new perspective makes sense! It might be the missing piece to your pain puzzle.
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Related: How to Self-Diagnose and Treat Neck-Related Headaches
- Lacrosse Ball: To mobilize those stiff upper back joints.
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