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Neck pain? First rib mobilization can fix that!

Neck pain?Chances are you’ve got a popped first rib, first rib mobilization is all you need!


If you’re suffering from elevated first rib, you should know that you’re not alone. In fact, first rib out of place is the number one cause of neck, shoulder and upper back pain!

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, then this article is for you!

Here’s a complete procedure of how to carry out a first rib mobilization exercise by your self.


Follow these techniques carefully to achieve the best result for your first rib mobilization exercise

Before you start this first rib mobilization technique, you must figure out if you do have a first rib problem, palpate (feel) your upper shoulder on the side you have pain, between
the top part of your shoulder joint and your neck. If your first rib is “off” it should feel hard, almost like a knot. Then,
feel just inside of your collar bone, again on the side of pain. It should feel a little deeper than the opposite side, and
will probably be painful. If you have these findings, do the following.
1. Place the hand of the affected side against your forehead (on the same side).
2. Take a deep breath.
3. While holding that breath, attempt to move your chin towards your armpit (all on the same side).
Using your hand against your head, resist this movement (do not let your head move).
Use about 1 pound of force (it’s not much!)
4. Count to 10. Exhale and relax.
Repeat the sequence 1-4 after having let your head relax down a little bit towards your armpit.
(it will have moved maybe 3” or so). NO PAIN.
After repeating 1-2 times, bring your head to neutral and stretch your arm up above your head…
hold for 4 deep breaths.

At this time, you’ve completed your first rib mobilization exercise and now it’s time to relax.

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Anatomy of the Human ribs

Anatomy of the Human ribs

Anatomy of the Human ribs

Ribs (costae) are one of the integral parts of the chest wall; they make up the lateral part of its anterior and posterior wall and entirely build the lateral parts of the chest wall. There are 12 pairs or ribs that are marked with Roman numerals I-XII.Ribs are divided into two basic groups: “proper” ribs (costae verae, I-VII) and “fake” ribs(costae spuriae, VIII-XII). Proper ribs are directly connected to the sternum over their cartilage, while fake ribs connect indirectly, over the cartilage of the 7th rib, or are not connected to the sternum at all (in the case of the 11th and 12th rib), which are then called floating ribs (costae fluctuantes).The rib cartilage of the 8th, 9th and 10th rib rounds upwards and connects to the cartilage of the next upper rib and after this also with the cartilage of the 7th rib, thus creating the rib arch, arcus costarum.

Ribs have several parts: head, caput costae;neck,collum costae;body, corpus costae;and the front part of the rib. The head of the rib includes the articular surface, facies articularis capitis costae. The head of every rib (except in the case of the 1st, 11th and 12th) includes an upper and lower part that are divided by the ridge, crista capitis costae. The upper part is joined with the same numeral chest vertebra, and the lower one with the first lower vertebra. The ridge itself is connected to the inter-vertebral plate. The head of the 1st, 11th and 12th rib connects only with the same numeral vertebra.

The neck of first 3-4 ribs is rounded while others have the already mentioned ridge, crista colli costae. The neck ends with a nodule, tuberculum costae.On the bottom side of the nodule is the joint surface for connection with the transverse end of the same numeral vertebra, facies articularistuberculi costae. The exceptions are the 11th and 12th ribs that don’t have this surface, which enables them much higher mobility. With the upper ribs, closer to the nodule (and in the case of lower ribs, a little further from the nodule) they are curved and have a rough surface that connects them with muscles, angulus costae.

A rib has a flat body. The upper edge is round and the lower sharp. On the interior wall of the rib body is a channel, sulcus costae, with blood vessels and nerves. This furrow isn’t present in the 11th and 12th rib. The front edge ends with an ellipsoidal shape on which the rib cartilage connects.

The rib length increases from 1st to 7-8th and after this it decreases till the 12th. Ribs also are different in curve: curve by radius, curve by edge (horizontal plane) and according to longitudinalaxis. A radius curve is higher at the beginning of the rib and smaller in the end. This curve increases according to the rib’s number, i.e. from 1st to 12th. Due to the edge curve, the head of the rib is in a higher position than its front end. This is particularly evident in ribs that are in the middle. Due to the curve on the longitudinal axis, the interior plate on the back of the rib is pointed upwards, while on the front end it is pointed downwards.

The first rib is short, wide and flat without any curve on its edge and axis. This is why its radius curve is very expressive. On the upper plate of the rib there is an additional nodule, tuberculum musculiscalenianterioris. In the front and in the back of the nodule there are two channels. The front one is called sulcus venae subclaviae and the back one is called sulcus arteriae subclaviae. Both of them carry an equally named blood vessel.

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Dislocated rib treatment at home

Floating rib-pain

Dislocated rib treatment at home

Dislocated or displaced rib can be caused by intense force blow/trauma to the chest wall (ribcage). Such force might be due to accidents,fall, sports injuries etc. out of place ribs can also be caused by underlying health conditions or old age. A proper dislocated rib treatment and therapy should administered in order completely fix the affected ribs.

If you or your close relatives has popped a rib then there are some measures that must be taken in order to help the dislocated bone heal properly and faster. After seeing your doctor, or chiropractor for the dislocated rib treatment, there are things you can do at home to have a less painful recovery period.


Dislocated rib treatment

If you’ve popped a rib, it is best to go to the nearest hospital to have to rib put back in place. The optimum time to have a displaced rib put back in place is 6 – 12hrs, so it is very important that you visit your doctor in case of a rib displacement.  There is a first aid treatment for a rib which is displaced, it involves performing a R.I.C.E first air routine. R.I.C.E stands for

Rest – Stop whatever you were doing when you heard a rib pop and rest, continued movement after such rib injury might cause further damage to the surrounding area and organs.

Ice – Next apply a pack of ice (or any other frozen item available at the moment, this will reduce/stop internal bleeding of injured/bruised blood vessels, organs, capillaries. Apply ice in the 30mins on – 15 mins off manner (hold ice on injured area for 30mins a stretch, remove it, wait for 15mins then reapply the ice again) repeat this cycle for about 2-3hours.

Compress the area of the chest wall which took the blow, this will reduce swelling.

Elevation also helps to decrease swelling similarly to the way compression does. Lie on the bed, but use a pillow to prop yourself up from the back, in the same position you would seat while reading a book on the bed.


Your doctor will palpate your ribcage to diagnose which of the 12 ribs were displaced, fractured, or out of place and prescribe further exams if necessary.

Once you doctor has found the popped rib, he will then careful push it back in place.

Pain medication will also be prescribed.



Your chest area is probably wrapped with an elastic bandage, this will prevent the fixed rib from further misaligning.

Apply cold compress to the area, you can either attach an ice pack to it 20 -30mins each time. do this for about 3 or 4 times a day for the next 48 hours.

You can also alternate between cold and hot compresses – cold compress for 24hours then hot compress for the next 24hrs.

If not already done, wrap the chest wall area with a chest band, you can find one at amazon here.

Gently massage the injury area to prevent further swelling, do this 3-4 times a day for about 15mins each time.


PS: You should ask your doctor for a prescription of stool softener, depending on the severity of you injury, every movement which involves chest/ribcage movement would be extremely painful.

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Your meals should be a well balanced-diet and must include food which are high in protein – the extra protein will speed up recovery.

Drink lots of fluids in order to avoid stool hardening (constipation).


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Can you dislocate a rib

Can you dislocate a rib? Dislocated rib

If you’re wondering whether it is possible for one to dislocate a rib, then yes, it happens. Although one might think that it is impossible to dislocate a rib, due to its position in chest cavity and its firm attachment to sternum on one side and spine on other, it is no rarity

Rib dislocation or rib out of place (as some people say) is not rare, it can happen to anyone both young and old and apart from blunt force trauma to the chest there are other ways one can dislocate a rib.

Rib, as majority of human bones can be dislocated. The difference between rib dislocation (i.e. its partial or completely getting out of its socket) from rib separation where rib separates from the sternum due to ligament tear and gets quite close to skin – you can almost touch its head under the skin.

Here are some “odd” ways one can have a rib out of place

Having a bad cough or sneeze could lead to ribs popping out of place, because when we cough or sneeze, the rib cage contracts or expands in order to help our internal organs inside the rib cage stay intact and well protected.

Soe percentage of people, when having a bad cold often complain of a rib pain during coughing, others pop a rib when they have have an extraordinary strong sneeze. rib pain on coughing can also be due


Many muscles of the stomach wall and shoulder area have connections on the rib bones. Inter-rib muscles are a group of muscles that are located between the rib bones and have a role in chest movement. As the chest is a large body part, its injuries are quite common. Chest injuries are divided into closed and open injuries.

The most common causes of rib pain are contusions and dislocated ribs, which are very common in contact sports. They are characterized by pain (such as left back pain under ribs) and swelling and they usually happen due to a direct hit or blow to the rib cage.

Rib fracture and rib dislocation (also referred to as rib out of place) is a partial or complete break of rib continuity that happens as a consequence of mechanical force that overcomes the resilience of the rib bone. Mechanical force on the point of action will also hurt soft structures, so rib injuries (such as first rib subluxation) are often combined with contusions, abrasions and lacerations.

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