Rib Cage & Shoulder Mobility

If you take a quick scroll through any social channel you’ll find countless tutorials on how to improve shoulder mobility.


Many of us lack shoulder mobility and it can potentially end up getting us injured.

We’re not saying that limited shoulder mobility is the root cause of all shoulder injuries, but it is a common denominator especially as we become more seasoned.

What tends to get overlooked when it comes to shoulder health is the role the rib cage plays in shoulder mobility. The shoulder is connected directly to the rib cage and directly influences how your shoulder moves.

Where the shoulder blade connects to the rib cage is known as the scapulothoracic joint.

If your rib cage doesn’t move well, it can change the positioning of the scapulothoracic joint which then has a ripple effect. Changing how the shoulder blade moves, the shoulder, & even the elbow & wrist.

Rib cage mobility like any other joints mobility is something that decreases with age if we don’t stay on top of it. Use it or lose it.

The structure that influences our rib cage mobility the most is our lungs.

But your lungs also need room to move.

If your ribs can’t get up and out of the way, your lungs can’t do their job.

One of the top predictors of lifespan is lung capacity

What limits lung capacity?

Among other things, poor rib cage mobility.

Our coaches at OhioChiro have been trained to utilize rib cage mobility through movement & breathing to help get you out of pain and back to that lifestyle you’ve been craving.

If you’re ready to get moving shoot us an email.