Your mid-back and rib cage houses your heart, lungs, major blood vessels and diaphragm. Tight, constricted muscles in the rib cage and thoracic vertebrae can restrict your breathing, prevent proper draining of lymphatic fluids and interrupt the nerves that influence your internal organs. By keeping your rib cage muscularly balanced and released, you protect internal organs from unnatural pressure and ensure a full breathing capacity.
A motor vehicle accident where the front and side airbags have gone off have caused clients difficulty in taking in deep breaths. Falls, injuries and surgeries leave scar tissue, which also can impact this area. Over time, poor posture from rounded shoulders can also lead to mid-back and rib cage pain.