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The Cause of Slow But Steady Upper Back Pain

More than 60 percent of Americans will suffer from lower or upper back pain and back injuries at some point during their lives. Approximately half of those will experience this type of pain more frequently than others.

This pain can be very debilitating because it often prevents people from enjoying activities they love, such as playing with their children or grandchildren, going out golfing, jogging, bending over to smell the flowers, or worse. One thing that many people don’t realize is that even though the pain can go away, often the problems do not… in fact the cause of your pain accumulates.

People should be aware that most lower and upper back pain injuries occur over the course of many years and rarely as the result of a single accident or activity.

Often called thoracic pain, people experience it between the top of their lumbar spine and the base of their neck. A person’s upper spine is very stable and strong because it has to support their upper body weight. It also anchors the rib cage stably and firmly, and because of this it provides a protective cage for the lungs and heart to function.

Upper back pain can cause a lot of anguish and discomfort when it does happen. Often you experience this pain as feeling like something is stuck or not moving well, like a block in your back. Very often you can feel muscle spasm or pulling in your back. More scary than this is that sometimes you have other symptoms that goes along with the pain such as not feeling like you can breathe very well or feelings of heart palpitations or even neck pain and headaches.

What causes upper back pain?

This type of pain has become a familiar complaint from those who spend a large majority of their day sitting in one spot working on the computer.

Because of consistent inactivity… the upper back becomes de-conditioned, or not well supported, by the muscles. Prolonged poor posture (often experienced at a desk or while on the computer) can cause the large muscles that attach from the shoulder girdle to the rib cage to easily develop muscular irritation, spasms, and weakness that result in pain.

It’s hard to avoid some of the causes of upper back pain. Often, after a long period of time with poor posture and repetitive task-type of stress, your body’s posture can get so bad that even the vertebrae and ribs in your back jam up and aren’t able to move smoothly; therefore, causing pain, achiness, and stiffness.

How to decrease incidents of upper back pain:

– Remember if you’ve been at the computer for long periods of time, you are likely creating a vulnerable, de-conditioned back

– Stand up, stretch and walk around – it’s not just for your legs and low back- get your arms moving around, stand tall and breathe deeply

– Take regular rest breaks to get up from your computer and walk around

– Drink lots of water and eat balanced meals

Take these tips and use them and you can feel better much sooner.

Strong muscles, a well-formed posture, and a good workplace arrangement are the key to keeping upper back pain at bay. But it’s not always the full answer. If you’ve been feeling pain all the time and can’t seem to get rid of it, you may have vertebral restrictions from long periods of a de-conditioned back. It’s easy to get evaluated to see if these effects are accumulating and get a specific “Upper Back, Neck and Shoulder Evaluation”. Contact us here:

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