Upper Back Pain Treatment

Patient-Focused Chiropractic Treatment of Upper Back Pain

What causes upper back pain?

Many different types of injuries and actions can contribute to it. You may not realize that upper back fatigue and pain can be caused by poor posture, such as leaning forward while sitting or standing. Another potential cause is driving for long periods on a regular basis, and the repetitive use of the arm and neck muscles while performing work duties such as lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling. Even poor sleeping habits and inadequate neck support in bed can contribute to upper back pain.Repetitive stress on the upper back (also called the thoracic spine) gradually causes improper alignment of the spinal column, and may give rise to a herniated disk. Upper back pain may also be accompanied by neck pain. Upper back pain may also be the result of a traumatic injury such as whiplash, or a violent slip or fall. Many people injure their upper backs by improperly lifting a heavy object or straining the muscles with physical activities like gardening. This is a very common source of muscle inflammation and irritation. Degenerative change of the spine (often referred to as arthritis) can also cause upper back pain.

How to prevent upper back pain:

With some types of back pain, there are a few steps you can take to prevent and relieve oncoming upper back pain:

  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and avoid high heels.
  • Drink plenty of water, since dehydration can worsen back pain.
  • If possible, avoid prolonged inactivity, sitting for long periods of time, or bed rest.
  • Icing for 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off can temporarily relieve painful inflammation.

How to get immediate relief from upper back pain:

While your chiropractor can recommend the best exercise regimen for you based on your individual needs, there are several stretches that you can do at home or at work to quickly relieve upper back pain:

  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and avoid high heels.
  • Drink plenty of water, since dehydration can worsen back pain.
  • If possible, avoid prolonged inactivity, sitting for long periods of time, or bed rest.
  • Icing for 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off can temporarily relieve painful inflammation.

Tuck Chiropractic Treatment of Upper Back Pain:

SPINAL MANIPULATION

Spinal manipulation, also called an adjustment, is the most common form of chiropractic treatment for upper back pain. The adjustment restores spine and nervous system function to reduce pain and help with spasm and restriction of the musculature of the upper back, or thoracic spine.

WORKPLACE ERGONOMICS

At Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, in addition to adjusting your spine, we can also help you adjust your workplace ergonomics. Whether you sit all day at work or are constantly pushing, pulling, or lifting, we can share some proper posture and tips and lifting techniques to help you prevent future pain and injury. We also have helpful literature on sleeping postures that can help support your neck and upper back.

POSTURE DEVELOPMENT

Depending on the cause of your upper back pain, your chiropractor may recommend stretches and exercises to build strong core muscles that contribute to good posture. By moving joints and muscles through healthy ranges of motion, the back and spine are kept limber and less susceptible to injury.

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