Upper Back Pain Headaches Vital Information & Advice
Upper back pain headaches are the second most common type of headache. The headaches are real and they can be debilitating.
You start with upper back pain, which then travels up your neck and then into your head. The pain can be centered around or behind your eyes. The pain can make you feel nauseous and generally feel rotten.
Read on to find out why they occur, the main causes, a simple technique to ease your upper back pain headaches now and the first critical step in getting long lasting relief.
Headaches that come from upper back pain are increasing today - in severity and becoming more common. You need to know why these occur and what you can do about it.
The 3 most common causes of upper back pain headaches
The reason why headaches are caused from your upper back is simple enough. The muscles of your upper back especially the Trapezius and Levator Scapulae, refer pain to your head.
As your upper back tires and the muscles tighten, pain can start in your upper back. As the problem progresses, the tightness increases and referred pain develops. Once this occurs your upper back pain headaches will start.
Although the muscles in your upper back may create these headaches, they are not the actual cause. The cause is the reason behind this muscle tension, why do these muscles tire out and become tight.
The 3 causes are simple.
Reason #1 - Spinal Distortion Patterns
These are the distortion patterns that occur in your spine. They twist your spine and allow muscle and joint imbalances. No matter where you develop pain, the entire spine is involved. Just like when you walk, both your arms and legs move.
The same applies to your spine, your upper back and lower back work together. If you have upper back pain, it may be caused by your lower back. The same applies for the opposite; the upper back can cause your lower back pain.
To remove all spinal related problems you must look at the entire spine.
Reason #2 - Stress Levels
Stress relief is an integral part of back pain relief.
There is a saying, you may have heard, or not. "Stress rides on your shoulders."
This means that when you get stressed and tired, the pressure tends to sit on your shoulder area. The muscles in your upper back become tight and if they tighten too much, headaches will develop.
Stresses have increased in today's world, as the pressures of work, life and families have increased.
No matter where your stress starts, stress relief must be used to have long-term relief from structural pain. One of the biggest reasons why the statistics are so poor for back pain relief is that most people only look at the physical aspects.
In fact, if you are in pain now, only 25% of you will be pain free in one year. The rest are worse or the same. Why?
Too many people believe that because a pain is located in one area, that is the only area you treat. And this only applies to the physical causes, they never think of reducing stress levels. This why the results are so poor.
Reason #3 - Posture
This is more common in those who sit for work. When you sit and work at your desk, you automatically lean your head forward.
The weight of your head is supported by your upper back. As you sit for long periods of time, the weight of your head wears away at your upper back. The muscles cannot hold the strain forever and they tire and then tighten. Upper back pain headaches are actually more common in those with sedentary jobs.
Posture is still only a partial cause. If your spine worked well, you could maintain a sitting position for longer before this would occur. This is why you are told to have regular breaks from your desk, to try to ease some tension.
Sure there are many other possible causes, from dehydration to even your feet. You need to make sure all areas are in good working order to guarantee a long-term cure. This is why the results are poor, you are never told the full story of why pain occurs.
But for now, a simple way to ease some pain.
A simple way to wase your upper back pain headaches
The most common cause of upper back pain headaches, actually the main mechanism that creates the pain, is your upper back muscles.
To ease your pain, you need to reduce tension in those muscles. However they are a heard area to reach to stretch. Most stretches are ineffective in this area. There are two ways to ease tension though.
The first releases what is called trigger points. These are a common cause of the headaches as these refer pain frequently. Trigger points are the tight knotted fibers within a muscle. You may feel these in the upper back muscles as little nodules, the size of a small marble.
When you find them you will know, as they are tender to press on and may refer pain to the site of your headaches.
To release them, all you do is place firm pressure on the point, it may feel sore but by applying pressure and then taking a deep breath in and then relaxing as you breathe out, you will find the tenderness eases.
Repeat this for a few breaths and you should find the nodule reduces in pain and size. This will stop headaches if they are there and you can do this to stop one developing also. Remember, this is only temporary relief.
The other technique is using Acupressure. With Acupressure you do not need to rub, press or push on the points. Just hold the point with a few fingertips. The points have a 3-inch radius, so you won't miss the point either.
There is an Acupressure point on the base of your skull, where your neck meets the skull. This point relates to headache, neck pain and upper back pain. Simply rest your fingers here for a few minutes or more and you will notice pain eases and tension reduces on your shoulders.
The more you do this the better, you cannot overdo it.
One word of warning!
If neither of these techniques reduce your upper back pain headaches, then you need to look at the spinal distortion patterns. Just because pain is in one area, does not mean all the causes are in the same spot.
You must remove ALL the causes if you want long-term relief, these techniques above may ease pain but it will return. The first step in long-term relief is critical.
The first essential step in long lasting relief
The first step is finding the distortion patterns, unless you know what is wrong you cannot fix anything. Too many people make the mistake of using generic exercise hoping they will relieve pain. They don't.
The reason why the back pain relief results are so poor is that too many people do not find the cause. They believe by using generic exercise, they will end pain, that by using one technique, all the causes will disappear.
If you only deal with the muscular imbalances you will only remove part of the problem. The same with joints, if you only target the joints only part of the causes will disappear.
To get long-term relief from your upper back pain headaches, you must remove all the causes! You must find the causes first or you will end up in pain once again.
Upper back pain headaches are increasing; there is more stress, more spinal related health problems, longer work hours and numerous other reasons why pain occurs. The starting point is your body's ability to deal with stress - emotionally and physically.
If your spine is in good working order, stress will not affect it. The first critical step is detecting these distortion patterns. There four main patterns and you need to know which one you have to be able to target the right joints and muscles.
Once you can detect these patterns you can also measure your progress, watch as pain eases and observe these distortion patterns easing.
What is the best approach to ease your upper back pain headaches?
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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