Postural Mid Back Pain
Postural mid back pain is a common and often painful problem. Usually related to weak or poor posture, it can begin with an injury, accident or from long-term habits. Over time, posture stress causes pain and breakdown ( i.e. Arthritis /Degenerative Joint Disease) in the spine and other joints from daily wear & tear.
Mid back pain is usually positional-- it gets better, worse or different as body position changes. Frequently episodic, pain may come on after over-activity or without apparent cause, and is triggered as body adapts to mechanical stress, weak posture and inefficient motion. e.g.
- Excessive sitting or hunching over a computer for hours at a time
- Standing, bending or being in an “awkward position”
- Chronic posture stress such as carrying a heavy backpack, pocketbook, or child
See Posture Science for more info on body compensation, adaptation and how posture distortions tighten overused MUSCLES, weaken underused muscles, stretch and distort ligaments, and pinch and traction nerves teaching the body to move in uneven, stressed motion patterns.
Related Conditions: Postural adaptive muscle strain; Pinched nerve in back; Intercostal Neuralgia; Rib out of place; Thoracomyodynia; Thoracic neuralgia
Self-Help Solutions: Mid Back Pain Relief
>Do Posture Exercises every day to strengthen posture
>Be conscious of your posture
- Head tall and strong
- Shoulders back and chest open
- Pelvis Tucked and centered
>Change body position and posture frequently
- Adjust your chair,car seat or anyplace you spend time often during the day
- Alternate which arm you use to carry loads such as a pocketbook or child
>KEEP MOVING- The Body Is Made To Move
- Take frequent body-stretch breaks
- Stretch your body opposite to the way you have been using your body.
>Best Sleeping Position for Upper Back Pain
- On your side, with a pillow under your upper arm, and a contoured cervical pillow under your neck to keep head aligned with your spine.
- Consider memory foam or supportive fiberfill or waterfloat pillows.
- Change your sleeping position if you are a stomach sleeper!
>Avoid regular use of aspirin, NSAIDs (Advil, Ibuprofen, etc) and over the counter pain medication to avoid stomach, liver and kidney damage associated with frequent use of these drugs.
58% of people using NSAIDs more than 3 months have ulcers. NSAIDs cause 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths/year (Wall Street Journal, 10/2006)
Try Topicals for equal or superior pain relief. Also, try alternating hot and cold compresses (15-20 minutes) to relax tight muscles and relieve pain.
Consult a professional if pain is severe or persists over two weeks
Doctors of Chiropractic relieve mid-back pain by freeing locked joints to restore full-range mobility and alignment. Chiropractors reduce mechanical stress to balance motion and nerve function.
Massage Therapists apply gentle pressure to relax muscle spasm and break up soft tissue & fascia adhesions to remove restrictions to full, balanced joint motion.
Osteopaths, Physical Therapists, Trainers, Coaches and other Posture Professionals also help sufferers of mid-back pain
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SITE DISCLAIMER & Health Note : If there is no trauma and pain initially begins in the chest, if the pain is not affected by motion, or if there is fever, nausea, vomiting, uneven pulse, anxiety, a sick feeling, burning urination, loss of bowel or bladder control, or severe pain, call your Physician.