Mid Back Pain


Mid back pain is not very common, yet it is a very uncomfortable condition. At times you will find there is very little activity you can do without causing pain. This is due to the structures in the area that attribute to your pain.

What is mid back pain?

Your mid back is the area from the base of your shoulder blades and stretches to the base of your rib cage. The area includes your ribs, diaphragm as well as the spine. Pain tends to be localized although it may spread away from the spine.

However if your diaphragm or ribs become involved you may notice other symptoms such as shortness of breath, pain radiating around to the front of your chest cage, an inability to take a deep breath without pain and even fatigue.

What causes mid back pain?

Pain can arise from traumas to the area or an accumulation of tension from spinal imbalances. It is the spinal imbalances that are the most common cause. These develop from the many minor traumas created from lifting, bending and other daily tasks.

diaphragm and mid back pain If tension continues to increase then your ribs or diaphragm can become involved. When you lift a heavy object you tend to hold your breath, this places strain on the diaphragm and also the muscles and joints of the mid back.

It is activities like these that place strain on the muscles and joints pulling the spine out of alignment, as time goes by and the spinal imbalances develop. The function and strength of your mid back decline until one day pain occurs.

What treatments are there for the mid back?

Most treatments focus on either the joints or muscles. Different therapies have different viewpoints, Chiropractors will adjust the area, whereas Physiotherapy works more on the muscles either side of the spine.

You may take various medications or supplements to ease pain, reduce inflammation or to relax muscles.

These types of treatments are generally temporary fixes as they do not address the cause of your pain.

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What is the best approach for mid back pain?

Treatment should be focused at removing pain and the cause. The first step is identifying exactly which type of spinal imbalance you have that is causing your pain. Once you find the imbalance it is then a matter of using corrective techniques to remove each cause.

The principles Spinal Balancing is to address your pain and also pinpoint what is responsible for your condition in the first place.

Through simple self assessments, your individual spinal imbalances can be identified, and a targeted corrective program can be designed for your specific needs. The ultimate goal is to achieve a more balanced body and take the stress off the muscles, joints, and ligaments.

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