Upper Back and Arm Pain
Upper Back and Arm Pain may feel serious, you may even be contemplating needing surgery, but you need to know the facts first.
Read on to find out what causes your pain,what you need to do now and the only vital step to get long term relief.
90% of all back pain conditions are not serious and will usually settle by themselves within a few weeks. Of the remaining 10%, the majority of these is not serious and will disappear with minor intervention.
So even though you may believe you are suffering from a horrible condition, rest assured, it may not be that bad. But you need to know the tell-tale signs.
Disc Injuries - the one to look out for!
Upper back and arm pain can come from a disc injury or from spinal trauma. If there is a bone chip irritating a nerve, or pressure from a disc on the nerve, you can get referral of pain. The nerves that exit the spine from your lower neck and upper back supply the arm. Irritation to these nerves will cause upper back and arm pain.
However this is not common. Disc injuries are more likely in the lower back unless you have had significant trauma to this area. If there has been trauma, then consult your doctor or hospital immediately. Never wait, do it now!
The signs of this type of cause are usually more severe. You may have the upper back and arm pain, but you will also experience numbness and loss of muscle strength. Numbness is easily tested by pinching your skin. If you feel the pinch - there is no numbness.
A common feeling of tingling and numbness is in fact called paraesthesia. Where you have the sensation of numbness, but no actual numbness.
Over-use or Over-load Conditions
Muscle over-use or overloading the muscles in the upper back or neck can lead to upper back and arm pain. The muscles tighten in the shoulder and upper arm and create an ache down the arm. This type of condition is more common in those working at a desk all day.
Stress, over work, poor posture and tiredness all lead to the muscles in the upper back working too hard. As they work too hard they tire and tighten. This creates the pain. The pain is usually worse the more you use the muscles and the pain is usually not too defined to one area. At time the whole arm aches.
Correcting this type of problem, will usually need professional help from a structural expert. You need to re-balance the muscles and joints in the area. Improve the strength of the muscles and possible change your working activity.
It can be helped with many techniques you can use at home to help reduce muscle tension, improve joint mobility and reducing stress.
Your Diaphragm - a forgotten cause
The diaphragm is the one muscle you can control, that you cannot rest. Just try not breathing for more than a few minutes. The diaphragm has a pain pattern similar to your heart. It creates upper back and arm pain, chest pain and can alter your breathing rate. You may believe you are having a heart attack - in fact it is just the diaphragm being tightened.
Your diaphragm is used and abused by many activities. You lift heavy weights while straining, you hold your breath when stressed, your diaphragm changes rhythm when you are tired, and it is affected in coughs and colds. It is constantly used when you breathe and like I said, you can't allow it to rest.
In fact - it is one of the most common causes of upper back and arm pain. The solution is simple... you need to rest your diaphragm. This is done by using relaxing breathing techniques and stimulating the nerve and blood supply to the diaphragm. This is the only way to effectively change and correct it.
As part of this, the joints in your upper back need to be corrected and any lower back distortion corrected also. Once it is in balance the diaphragm will actually increase your strength, improve your energy and give more support to your entire structural system.
Upper Back and Neck
The other most common cause of upper back and arm pain, is your upper back and neck. If the upper back or lower neck is out of balance then referral of pain to the arm is common.
The muscles and joints in this area are smaller and more refined. They need only a little tension for them to start being aggravated. The areas are used more with postural stresses from work, lifting and carrying heavy objects and even stress affects these areas.
To eliminate this cause you need to balance the muscles using back stretches and strengthening techniques. The joints need to being moving freely or the muscle will tighten. You also should reduce your stress levels.
The upper back and neck are easily balanced with the many self help techniques available to you. Learning to stretch the muscles, understanding that you can re-align your spine and knowing how to prevent back pain is essential to eliminate your upper back and arm pain.
The first step to cure upper back and arm pain
The first step in eliminating pain is not stretching or strengthening muscles, it also isn't self adjusting joints. The first step and vital step is first finding what causes your pain.
Unless you know which muscles and joints are causing your pain, you will not be bale to get long lasting relief.
Certain muscles and joints will tire and tighten, disc can become under pressure, and your diaphragm can slow in motion. All of these occur as your spine twists and distorts.
There are four common distortion patterns that develop in your spine over time, from the over use, minor injuries, postural stresses and numerous other reasons. Once present these allow muscles and joints to become out of balance.
You can stretch and strengthen muscles, you can even self adjust joints, but unless you know which pattern you have, you will only get temporary results.
With each pattern there is a certain method to rebalance your spine. Very simple to do and every quick to achieve results. Pain will settle quickly and you can use the same detection method to monitor your spine to make sure new problems do not develop.
Finding these patterns is the key to long lasting relief from upper back and arm pain.
What is the best approach to ease your 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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