Upper back pain is also known as mid-back or thoracic pain and is probably just as common as low back pain and neck pain; however, it is not usually as dramatic, meaning it is seen less often by chiropractors. Generally it manifests as pain and/or stiffness in the mid back region which is often simply shrugged off as being ‘a bit tense’ or having worked too hard. However, if this pain or stiffness is severe, or happens more than once a week it is something which should definitely be addressed by your chiropractor. Also, remember that upper back issues often come hand in hand with neck issues because of the close proximity of the structures involved.
Causes of Upper Back Pain
The causes of upper back pain are usually defined by a person’s age and environment. Upper back pain in children and older patients is less common than in adults, because of the effects of poor seated working postures, which are arguably the most common cause of dysfunction. However, modern lifestyles are having more and more effect on children and young adult’s postures.
Some of the mechanical causes of upper back pain include:
- Hunched seated posture
- Weakened mid-back muscles (between the shoulder blades)
- Forward head carriage
- Rib displacement
- Asymmetry of Muscle
- Muscle Spasm
- Scheuerman’s Kyphosis
- Degenerative Disks
- Spinal Disk Herniation (‘slipped disk’)
- Trauma and Accidents
Before your visit, you are quite likely to be unaware of the cause of your pain. That’s fine! your chiropractor will be very happy to help you work out what sort of upper back pain you have and point you in the right direction for treatment.
I have found chiropractic care to be very effective in reducing upper back pain by slowly but surely affecting a patient’s posture and work ergonomics through advice and treatment. Some of the other causes of upper back pain can also be effectively managed by slowing the progression of disease.
Upper Back Exercises
Many of the most effective exercises and stretches for the upper back involve thinking about the particular work postures you get into and minimising the negative effects of them by balancing out the muscles. Often this entails strengthening the postural back muscles and stretching the chest and neck muscles. Make sure you book an appointment for specific advice on the sort of exercises which should help you.
What’s the Bottom Line?
Upper back pain is common and often can be very tiresome. If your upper back pain is posture related, you have the power to change things through effective chiropractic treatment, advice, exercises and willpower! If you don’t have pain at the moment, but suspect your posture is poor, start making these changes now before it manifests as pain in the future.
Still Unsure About a Chiropractic Visit in Cambridge?
If you live near Cambridge and have pain or other symptoms, or if you want to improve the function of your body, chiropractic is a safe and very effective solution. If you are unsure whether chiropractic treatment is right for you, then please consider booking a 1 hour initial consultation or a FREE 15 minute spine check so that you and your chiropractor can get an idea as to what is causing your problem. During this time, the process of chiropractic care will be explained fully and you can decide whether it is right for you. To book this session, please call 01223 459240 or click on the contact page.
Author: Edmund Rogers