Chiropractic Treatment for Upper Back Pain
What is Upper Back Pain?
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 you don’t always ‘require’ upper back pain treatment. 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. It’s important to remember though that stiffness is simply a pre-cursor for pain. It’s worth your chiropractor having a look and assessing you in order to avoid a worsening of symptoms or reduction in quality of life. 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 of working age, 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
- Whiplash type injuries
- 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 upper back pain treatment.
Chiropractic treatment for upper back pain
Chiropractic treatment for upper back pain can be very effective by rehabilitating the motion in the spine. Better movement will often improve a patient’s posture and work ergonomics. By moving more freely and being more healthy, joints actually give your brain better feedback, allowing you to sit up more easily. Our patients find chiropractic treatment for upper back pain combined with massage therapy and exercises is often a winning combination.
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.
Sports Massage Therapy for Upper Back Pain
Sports massage therapy may be a vital part of your care plan when it comes to treating upper back pain. Massage therapy is focussed on the soft tissues and improves blood flow, eases tension and removes restrictions in the muscles. This is particularly useful in those people with chronic overuse or underuse of the muscles of the upper back.
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 visit to a Cambridge Chiropractor?
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 care is right for you, then you should consider booking either a consultation or a FREE telephone call. During this time, the process of chiropractic care will be explained fully. There is no obligation to continue with the visits.