In their normal position, the thoracic vertebrae and ribs fit and function well together. As they are forced forward along with the vertebrae, the ribs come closer together, compressing the muscles, nerves, and other soft tissues.
As this compression progresses, a feeling of stress develops. The muscles tighten and maintain the forward position, to a degree, even when the head and/or shoulders are returned to their normal position.
As the ribs and vertebrae move forward, they come closer together and the space between them narrows. As the ribs all try to fit into a smaller and tighter space, one or more ribs become displaced; this causes rotation of the attached vertebrae and increases irritation to the nerves. Pain ensues. At the same time, the irritated nerves increase spasm, which increases lactic acid and other cellular wastes. A destructive cycle develops as the waste products further irritate the nerves.
Thoratrac has been developed to relieve the anterior thoracic condition by using the rib cage as a spring. Pressure on the chest is relayed through the ribs to the vertebrae. This spring-like action slowly and gently tractions the individual rib spaces, decompresses the tissues, released the muscles, and returns the thoracic curve to its normal position. The destructive cycle is reversed and healing can take place. With Thoratrac, we now have a means to exercise self-help at home and keep this chronic syndrome under control.