Upper Back Muscle Pain
Upper back muscle pain is becoming a common and at times debilitating condition. The reasons are simple and the cure just as easy.
Read on to find out the common causes of your muscle pain, a simple technique to use to ease your pain and the essential step in removing your pain completely.
The upper back muscles are a common site of tension, when these muscles become tight they can cause neck pain and stiffness as much as upper back pain. They can also be a sign that lower back pain is increasing.
Upper back muscle pain is becoming one of the most common types of back pain . This is due to today's hectic and fast paced world, along with the habitual postures you now hold.
What causes upper back muscle pain?
The muscles in the upper back that tighten most frequently are called the Trapezius muscle. It is used to help support the neck and allow the side ways movement of the head as well as shoulder movement.
The three most common causes are:
The causes above are the most common causes. There are numerous others from general health, emotional health and structural health issues. Notice how you can get tight muscles when you have a flu or cold. Rib injuries affect these areas also.
As today you use this area more often, it therefore is obvious this area will have more pain issues. The problem is this...
Upper Back Muscles - what must you do?
The main problem with this area, is that these muscles are very difficult to stretch. As a result you need to be more creative in getting this area to relax. One of the best ways to relax these muscles is to use back stretches that target these muscles with what is called rebound relaxation.
To remove the muscle pain you also need to address the lower back pain with lower back stretches, lower back exercises and lower back joint techniques. You need to add in techniques to reduce stress such as breathing techniques (which also relax the rib cage), Acupressure and other self help stress relief exercises.
Postural change is also needed. Understanding that your working posture is one of the main causes needs to be emphasized. You need to therefore use techniques that correct your posture while you work, that can be used in your workplace without affecting your work time or productivity.
A Simple Technique To Use Now
Because your upper back muscles are hard to reach and hard to stretch, you need to use other techniques to remove pain quickly.
One of the simplest ways to ease muscle tension is to use Acupressure. It is a simple yet effective technique that you cannot use wrong. The points are the size of your fingertip, and have a three inch effective radius. So you can't miss them.
The points only need to be held, not pushed or rubbed, just rest your hands on the points for at least a few minutes to activate them. The more you do them, the longer you do them, the better the results.
Remember, these techniques help ease pain, but they are only temporary relief. You still need to address all the factors causing your pain or it will come back again, and likely worse.
To ease your upper back muscle pain, simply hold halfway down your upper arm. Halfway between your elbow and shoulder on your outside arm. Just crossing your arms and resting your fingertips on the point.
You can sit, stand or lie down to do this, and just hold it there for a few minutes to ease your pain.
If you want long lasting results then you need to use a step-by-step approach. The first step is essential.
The essential step to get lasting relief
The first step in anything is always important. For back pain relief, the first step is critical. If you do not use this first step, you will become like so many others and remain in pain.
The statistics point put that only 25% of those in pain now, will be pain free in one year. The rest are worse or the same. Why?
They sought help, used techniques, applied many self help regimes, but failed to understand the first step. Like I said this first step is critical.
The first step is actually finding the "true" cause of your pain. This is not your posture, or how you site, or how long you do anything. It is not how you bend, lift or twist.
The "true" cause is the distortion patterns that occur in your spine. These patterns twist and distort your spine and allow your muscles to tire and tighten, leading to your upper back muscle pain.
Once you can detect these patterns, you are able to correct the two biggest mistakes made that stop your success in relieving back pain.
If you can detect these patterns, you know what to target. You can use these same methods of detection to then measure your progress and only stop using the corrective exercises when your patterns have balanced. Pain will ease quickly, the patterns take longer top remove.
The other major mistake people make is stopping their care, they remove pain and think ALL the causes have gone. In fact only pain has eased, the pattens remain and allow tension to rebuild and recreate pain.
Being able to detect these patterns allows you to eliminate these to critical mistakes.
What is the best approach to ease your upper back muscle 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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