Upper back pain is not usually the result of spinal disease, but it is more likely due to muscle strain or joint dysfunction. It is not as common as the lower back pain, but it is even more uncomfortable and unpleasant for the sufferer.
Upper back pain may also be the result of a prolonged wrong posture and in this case, we are talking about a severe and stabbing pain. Muscle injuries are another major reason for upper back pain and since we use the upper back muscles and the shoulder muscles in almost everything we do, this creates an incredible discomfort.
People whose work involves repetitive physical activity are prone to upper back pain. If upper back pain or back pain is caused by a joint problem, manual manipulation is recommended to repair the joint. Physical exercise and massage are also helpful in managing the pain and recovering.
Where did your upper back pain come from?
Having pain in the upper back could be caused by an injury, muscle strain, stress, and poor posture. The first step to diminishing pain in the upper back is to determine the cause. Did you have an injury or a strain? Have you been very stressed out? How is your posture when you stand and when you sit?
The reality is, you have pain and you need to find the source. Once the cause is determined, take the necessary steps to heal the pain.
Injury or strain
If you had a serious injury, make a visit to your doctor. Ease up on your activity while your body heals. Cold packs promote healing with a muscle and tissue injury.
When stressed, you might unknowingly tighten and clench the upper back muscles and shoulders. This is a common habit people do. The upper back becomes a saddle for the stress to sink into. Using relaxing techniques and reducing stress can relieve the pain in the upper back.
Sit up straight! Is that what your mom used to say? She had great advice. Sit up straight and stand as though there was a string hooked to the ground and going through your back, neck, and up through the top of your head. Straighten up as though the string is being pulled up taut. This will improve your breathing as well.
Strengthening your abdominal muscles can help take the strain off of the muscles in the back.
Using these at home treatments can greatly improve your back pain and overall health. Dreaming of upper back pain relief isn’t too far off. Visualize living your life with upper back pain relief can help your mind feel more assured of the healing process and then help your body to heal itself.
Avoiding strenuous activities on the upper back and keeping it straight without slouching can prevent further pain.
For a consultation and to schedule an appointment with JSG Chiropractic contact us today at (561) 732-5611.