Thoracic whips are a great way to improve shoulder, thoracic, and cervical mobility. If a patient meets the UQ Clinical Practice Patterns of
- limited cervical SB and retraction
- limited shoulder extension/IR
- limited trunk rotation
- all to the involved side
- The Thoracic Whip is indicated, especially after motion is still limited or Sx improvement has plateaued after improving cervical retraction and SB to full, threat free end range.
The thoracic whip is often instructed in sitting, and if indicated to perform repeatedly throughout the day to "stay ahead of" the reset and/or to "lock in" the new movement. Essentially, it needs to be performed regularly enough until the CNS is convinced the new normal is safe. Standing thoracic whips are my preferred alternative since they can be performed anywhere.
Standing Thoracic Whips
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