Thoracic Back Pain
Thoracic back pain, also known as upper back pain may feel serious but it is actually very ease to ease and correct. If you are like most people you want to know two things - what causes your thoracic back pain and more importantly what can you do to make it disappear?
You may have seen the statistics that back pain affects over 80% of adults at some stage, and that over 7% of adults are in pain right now. The problem is, these statistics also mention that upper back pain is increasing more now than lower back pain. Why?
As people spend more time at desks working, less time being active, your upper back is placed under more stress and strain. Upper back pain is also created by things not just physical. You will have heard of the saying ... "stress rides on your shoulders". It is true; when you are under stress your upper back tightens creating more back pain. You have both the physical and emotional factors creating your thoracic or upper back pain.
So the answers to your questions...
What causes Thoracic Back Pain?
Your thoracic area is made up of muscles and joints, not rocket science so far. In your thoracic spine you have ribs attaching to your spine that can also tighten and lead to thoracic and upper back pain. All the joints and muscles in your upper back are designed less for strength that your lower back.
Hence they tire and tighten quicker and therefore cause your back pain. As I said earlier, when you sit at your desk (which is more common today) your posture changes. This change in posture also places more strain on your ribs and upper back.
The muscles in the area are also smaller and more numerous. As soon as a few tighten they affect the joints in the area and compound the stress. Overall your upper back is placed under far greater stresses and strains that ever before.
This leads you to the more important question...
What can you do to ease your Thoracic back pain?
There are two simple things you can do to ease your thoracic and upper back pain. Firstly is to get up out of your chair more often to change the postures you get into. This alone can help take a lot of tension of your upper back. It should never be underestimated the power of postural change. A simple break from work once every hour can ease your upper back pain, it can also help to prevent it long term.
The second thing to do is...
There is an Acupressure point halfway down your upper arm, midway between your shoulder and elbow on your outer arm. All you need to do is hold the point, not rub or press hard.
The point is the size of your fingertip, but has a three inch effective radius. Just hold the point with arms folded for a few minutes or more and you can ease your upper back pain.
You cannot overdo or over use the point, you can do it wrong, however it will only give you temporary relief. To have long lasting relief you must ...
How do you get long lasting relief?
To completely, totally and permanently remove your thoracic back pain, you need to address the 4 main factors creating it. You need to fix the tight muscles - stretches are the best and quickest way to do this (although, it is knowing how and when to stretch that is more important than knowing what to stretch).
You must stimulate weak muscles - firstly by improving their nerve and blood supply and then exercising them. Don't worry this should not require any great effort or time.
You then need to get joints moving well, which you can do by using self adjustive techniques. Then finally you need to rebalance your pelvis (yes your pelvis also affects your thoracic area).
But the first step is actually detecting which distortion pattern you have. Your spine has four main distortion patterns that lead to back pain no matter where it is. The twisting in your lower back can cause upper back pain. Finding these patterns is the key to being able to stretch, strengthen and self adjust joints effectively.
Without knowing where these patterns are, it is like shooting in the dark and hoping to get relief.
What is the best approach to ease your Thoracic 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 thoracic 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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