Shoulder and Upper Back Pain
Shoulder and upper back pain are both a common condition and a debilitating one. As you use your arms and shoulders in most activities, any upper back pain that involves the shoulders is distressful.
Read on to find out what causes your pain and what you must do to remove the pain. Also a simple technique you can use now to ease some discomfort.
But your pain is uncomfortable, it is an area that you use often. In fact it is one area you use in most activities of the day.
You may find it becomes difficult to raise your arms above your head. If you are a women doing and undoing you bra is almost impossible. You reach for an object and it feels as someone has stabbed you with a knife.
Shoulder and upper back pain can be debilitating. So what causes the pain and why is it so painful?
The causes of shoulder and upper back pain
The upper back and shoulder area are comprised of many joints and muscles. You only need one or two of these to become out of balance and pain will occur.
The main joints include your spine, but you also have your shoulder blades, ribs and collar bone which all can cause pain in the area if they slow in motion.
The muscles in the upper back are used for many daily functions as they help with arm and shoulder movement. The muscles in the upper back also have a main focus of keeping your head on your shoulders and supporting it.
Any of these mechanisms can become out of balance and cause pain. But it doesn't stop there.
When you walk, your right arm moves forward at the same time as your left leg moves forward. Your lower back and pelvis are interlinked with your upper back. If you get any pelvic imbalance or lower back issue, then your upper back can also suffer.
This is why it is important to check every area of your spine to correct any area of pain. Shoulder and upper back pain is no different. It can be caused locally or from remote areas.
The pain can be a minor niggle or it may be severe. You can suddenly find yourself unable to do certain tasks. Even at rest you may notice a deep throbbing pain and find it hard to get comfortable. When you sleep it can be worse, no matter how you lie you tend to aggravate the area.
This can all happen as your pelvis, spine, ribs and shoulder area becomes out of balance. A complex problem that actually has simple solutions.
A simple cure for your shoulder and upper back pain
Correcting the problem is not necessarily a difficult task. The following technique will help to ease tension in your upper back and shoulder area. It will give you relief, but you still need to address all the causes of your pain.
There is one vital step to achieve this which we will go into below, but first you want to ease some pain and make life a little more comfortable.
Before you stretch or exercise the area, you need to know what is wrong. Otherwise you can target the wrong area and potentially make your shoulder and upper back pain worse. This technique bypasses the need to diagnose first, it is 100% safe as it uses Acupressure to ease tension.
The Acupressure is simple, it is an ancient form of Acupressure where you do not need to rub or press hard. Just rest your hands on the points for a few minutes or more and it allows your body to heal and recover from your pain.
Simply hold half way down your upper arm, halfway between your shoulder and elbow on the outside of your upper arm. The Acupressure point is the size of your fingertip but has a three inch effective radius. So you will not miss the point.
Hold the point for at least a few minutes, trying to relax and breathe in a relaxed and deeper manner (but not too deeply). At the end just let the point go and go for a gentle walk for 5-10 minutes.
Doing this you will notice pain eases and tension reduces in your upper back and shoulder. You can use this as often as you wish, you cannot over do it or do it wrong.
Remember, this will give you temporary relief only. You still need to address all the factors causing your pain or it will return again and likely more severe.
How to get long-term relief from shoulder and upper back pain
The first step in having long term relief is actually finding the cause. There are four distortion patterns that affect the spine. As your spine twists and distorts, you can get pain anywhere in the spine.
Your upper back and shoulder pain are affected as much by twisting in the pelvis as they are locally. You need to find which patterns you have to be able to assess which joints and muscles are involved.
Once you can detect these, you can then target the areas and remove all the causes removing, your pain completely.
The most common mistake people make is trying to fix their shoulder and upper back pain without first knowing what is creating it. You may believe it was from lifting, or too much stress or the way you bent down to pick up an object.
All of these are the final activity that created the pain. The cause and the reason why these minor activities triggered your pain are the main area to assess. If you don't find the cause you will only ever have temporary relief.
What is the best approach to ease your shoulder and upper back pain?
To get long lasting results you must both remove the symptoms and the cause. First you must identify which spinal imbalances are present, then attack the symptomatic processes. This can be achieved by using many techniques from ice/heat, Acupressure and anti-inflammatory measures. Then you must perform corrective techniques that target the spinal imbalances.
The principles of Spinal Balancing address the both the pain and the root cause of the condition that is responsible for your upper back pain. Through self assessments, your individual spinal imbalances can be identified, and a targeted corrective program can be developed for your specific needs.
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