Upper Back Pain: We all experience one form of pain or the other. Pain is a way the body communicates with you, informing you of unpleasant situations it engages in.
Although we go through a lot of stressful activities daily at the cause of carrying out our everyday routine. We, therefore, position our bodies in different situations that might seem pleasant at the moment but unknowingly is unfavorable for us.
Upper back pain is one such pain we experience as a result of positioning. It affects everyone differently partly because there are so many possible reasons for upper back pain. The first step in solving upper back pain problems is understanding why it happens.
The upper back is the region below the neck and above the low back. It is the most stable part of the spine and its motion is limited because of the spine’s attachments to the ribs.
When you hurt your upper or mid-back doing some house chores or in a sporting activity, the possibilities are that you’ve injured one of the muscles.
Upper back pain is usually caused by soft tissue injuries, such as sprains or strains, or muscle tension caused by poor posture or looking downward for long periods.
If you hurt your upper back during the course of an activity, you might experience:
- Tenderness to touch
Common behaviors and activities that can cause upper back pain include:
- Belly fat can contribute to upper back pain, but weight loss can help relieve it.
- Psychological conditions. Experts aren’t sure why, but you might be more likely to have back pain if you have depression and anxiety. In fact, some research suggests that people who have depression have worse back pain than people without depression.
- Smoking. This bad habit reduces blood flow to the spine, which prevents your back from getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. As a result, the discs in your spine can degenerate. In some people, quitting smoking may help restore some of the loss. But even when the discs don’t regenerate, quitting smoking reduces inflammation that causes back pain.
- Poor posture
- Text neck
- Whiplash or other neck injuries
- Lifting improperly
- Repetitive movements
- Contact sports
- Carrying too heavy a load
- Wearing an overloaded backpack
The treatment for upper back pain is numerous, but with Body Servicing Therapy, a unique Therapy Treatment exclusively available at Effective Physiotherapy & Fitness Clinic you get very fast relief and at most cases, instant relief.
Body Servicing Therapy is a completely natural procedure that applies special treatment to the body in order to enhance or boosts its ability to live and serve individuals better, fitter, stronger and longer. Moreover, the perception behind this treatment is that “every machine needs to be serviced. Your body too as a living machine should undergo regular servicing for optimal performance”.
Furthermore, this physical therapy approach helps to rejuvenate the body. It relieves pains, tensions, stiffness, cramps, and stress on the body. Consequently, it improves blood circulation in the body, thereby relieving anxiety, improving sleep patterns, and promoting body relaxation.
Simple home remedies. In general, the following home treatments may help relieve upper back pain:
- Gentle stretches
- Over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Ice to reduce pain and swelling
- Heat to improve mobility and ease stiffness
In most cases, upper back pain is not a cause for worry; however, it can be uncomfortable, painful, and inconvenient. Furthermore, if pain develops suddenly and is severe—such as from an injury (eg, fall)—and, certainly if pain and symptoms (eg, weakness) progressively worsen you should seek physiotherapeutic intervention.
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