Back pain is one of the top reasons people miss work or seek medical treatment. Pain in the upper back is becoming a more common complaint as more of us spend long hours hunched over in front of electronic screens.
Overuse injuries, general muscle weakness, strains, sports injuries or other accidents and poor posture can all cause muscular irritation in the upper back. When the large muscles around the scapula and rib cage are involved, pain can spread to the neck and shoulders and be very difficult to address. No matter what’s causing it, upper back pain can lead to serious problems if left untreated.
Pain may present differently for different people and can include:
- Dull ache in the muscles
- Stabbing or shooting pains in the shoulders, neck or upper arms
- Limited range of motion
- Inability to participate in normal daily activities
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
At Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage our unique approach to optimal wellness improves our clients’ lives every day. Our non-invasive treatments will address your pain and provide immediate relief—what we call “patch care”— while also providing long-term or “corrective care.” Corrective care is especially important in the case of pain caused by poor posture. If postural issues aren't corrected, the pain cycle is destined to continue. Our chiropractor can help you correct the ergonomic weaknesses that are causing your pain to begin with.
Poor postural habits can negatively affect the alignment of the spine and muscle tension. Forward head posture is a common problem for anyone who works at a computer for long periods at a time. As our arms move forward to reach a key board, the neck also slants forward, positioning the head in front of the shoulders instead of on top of them.
Forward head posture puts stress on the involved vertebra and causes upper-back muscles to overwork as they do their best to counterbalance the head’s weight. A chain reaction takes place as the weight of the improperly balanced head causes the shoulders, and then the upper back, to roll forward.
If not corrected, forward head posture can irritate the soft tissues, ligaments and facet joints in the neck, potentially leading to degenerative disc disease.
By developing a treatment plan specifically for each patient, our chiropractors can help correct the spinal misalignments and soft tissue irritations caused by forward head posture. Through massage, chiropractic adjustments, corrective exercises, proper nutrition and ergonomic education we can alleviate your pain and put you back on the road to optimal wellness.
Our three-pronged approach will reduce your upper back pain, facilitate true healing and prevent future injury without the use of potentially habit-forming drugs or surgery.
If you have further questions about upper back or postural pain, call our office today at 425-361-1839. To speak with one of our chiropractors immediately, please call our hotline at 301-602-6371. Doctors are available to speak with you 24 hours a day.