Thoracic Spine

The thoracic spine, or mid back, consists of the twelve vertebrae with ribs attached, and in cycling its primary roles are to support the posture of the neck, head and arms and to enable effective breathing.

Although your posture whilst cycling tends to result in a forward bend in this region of the spine your bike fit should provide a handlebar position that minimises the weight being supported through the upper body. A stretching routine will also counteract the effect of prolonged periods leaning forward on your bike and at the same time ensure rib mobility for optimal breathing function.