Simple Upper Back Pain Solutions

Your upper back is the most complex area of your spine due to the way joints work and the number of joints in this region. And as you spend more time sitting for prolonged periods of time, leaning over a desk places incredible strain on the upper back structures. Although you can still pull muscles, irritate joints and generally upset the area, it affects your day-to-day life more.

You will notice problems here more as they affect you each day, such as brushing your hair or teeth, turning your head while you drive your car or as you sit working at your desk.

What causes upper back pain?

You may think that pain occurs from various traumas, such as falls or injuries. In fact this mechanism is less likely to cause pain. Although that final act of lifting, bending or carrying an object may trigger your pain, they are not the cause.

The cause of pain is the various muscle and joint imbalances that develop from your daily tasks, including those poor postures while you work. As muscles and joints tire they pull your spine out of alignment creating the imbalances.

The stresses and pressures from these cause increased wear and tear on the muscles and joints, and with time pain will develop from those "normal daily" tasks.

What are the symptoms of upper back pain?

Most pain may stay local to the area, but you can also get some more unusual symptoms. As the ribs attach to the spine in the upper back, once spinal imbalances occur, at times the ribs may become involved.

Rib pain can travel along the rib so that you have pain in your upper back that extends right around to the front, and feels as if you've been stabbed from your back to the front.

As the top of the upper back sends nerve supply to your arms, you may also have radiating pain down the arms if these areas are involved. Trigger points (tight knotted muscle fibers) can also develop in the muscles of the region, and these too refer pain away from the spine.

However, the severity of your pain, or where your pain travels does not indicate the severity of the actual causes.

What treatments are there for upper back pain?

Most treatments target the muscles in the area or the joints. Chiropractors will adjust the joints, both the spine and the ribs, whereas Physiotherapists are more likely to work on the muscles. Medically, medication is used to relax muscles or reduce pain and inflammation.

These are the common approaches to pain, but their results are poor.

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Why do traditional upper back pain treatments fail?

Most treatments work on what is called "segmental therapy", which means if you have pain in your upper back, which is the only area they look at. Also most treatments are focused on symptom relief and do not address the underlying cause, the spinal imbalances.

Unless you address the muscle and joint imbalances, throughout the spine, pain relief is only temporary at best.

What is the best treatment approach for upper back pain?

Treatments should be focused on removing your pain AND the cause. To achieve this you first need to detect which spinal imbalances you have. Then you are able to perform specific techniques and exercises to rebalance your spine.

The principles Spinal Balancing is to address your pain and also pinpoint what is responsible for your condition in the first place.

Through simple self assessments, your individual spinal imbalances can be identified, and a targeted corrective program can be designed for your specific needs. The ultimate goal is to achieve a more balanced body and take the stress off the muscles, joints, and ligaments.

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