Accessibility View Close toolbar

7315 212th St. SW Ste. 203

Edmonds, WA 98026 US

425-329-7266

Open mobile navigation

Upper Back and Posture Pain

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.

Request Appointment

Get a Chiropractic & Wellness Consultation

Get a Chiropractic and Wellness Consultation

Free Chiropractic And Wellness Examination

206-755-1226

Call Now!

At Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage we care about your well being and want to make sure you always have access to the very best in healthcare and medical advice. That's why you can always call us any time to speak directly to one of our Doctors about your health. Just call the number above or click the button and e-mail us your question and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

By Appt.

By Appt.

Sunday:

Closed

Locations

Find us on the map

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Relationship with Self

    The relationship you have with yourself and the journey to self-understanding is an important part of your overall wellness. ...

    Read More
  • Indoor Activities and Exercises

    Are you preparing for the winter months or looking for exercises to do when you can't make it to the gym? Follow these exercises to maintain a healthy fitness routine. ...

    Read More
  • Holiday Stress - Take a Deep Breath

    Most of us pay little attention, if any, to the daily functioning of our many physiological systems. Our hearts beat, our digestive systems digest, and our various hormones, such as those deriving from the thyroid gland, adrenal gland, and pancreas, do what they do. It's all good... until it's not. ...

    Read More
  • Proper Overindulgence Over the Holidays

    Proper Overindulgence Over The Holidays The term "overindulgence" is probably best assessed as a red flag, especially with respect to consistent overconsumption of high-calorie comfort food and desserts during the holiday season. An overall healthier perspective could be described as "indulgence" regarding ...

    Read More
  • The 5 Senses

    The 5 Senses The five senses, that is, the sense of sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell, provide us with necessary information regarding the world around us.1 These precious capabilities enable us to navigate our environment with seemingly instantaneous feedback with reference to our actions and ...

    Read More
  • The Benefits of Sleep for Adults

    Obtaining sufficient restful sleep is an essential requirement for optimal human productivity. Such a practice is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, which includes a nutritious diet, regular vigorous exercise, and a positive mental attitude. How much sleep one needs varies from person to person. ...

    Read More
  • Back to School and Mental Wellness

    Summer is a subjectively fleeting season and school days are upon us once again. For children, this bittersweet time marks the completion of a period of relative freedom and the beginning of a new set of responsibilities. For adults, the onset of late summer and early fall signals yet another turn of ...

    Read More
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries

    A repetitive motion injury (or overuse injury) involves doing an action over and over again, as with a baseball pitcher throwing a baseball, a tennis player hitting a tennis ball, typing at a computer keyboard, and most notoriously, typing with your thumbs on the tiny keypad of your phone. It may be ...

    Read More
  • Left-Handers Day

    Left-Handers Day Left-Handers Day, celebrated on August 15th, was launched in 1992 by the Left-Handers Club, an organization based in the United Kingdom. Since then, Left-Handers Day has become a worldwide event and social media phenomenon. Around the world, approximately one in ten persons is left-handed. ...

    Read More
  • Peak Experiences

    Peak Experiences The American philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau roamed far and wide over the hills and mountains of his native Massachusetts and neighboring New Hampshire. In his masterwork, "Walden," Thoreau famously stated that we must "reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical ...

    Read More

NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

Sign up for more articles