|Upper Back Pain After Sleeping|
Postural Upper Back Pain - Upper Back Pain While Sleeping
Postural mid back pain is a common and often painful problem. The upper back is the nexus of lots of moving parts. Your neck above is supporting the fifteen pounds of your head, your shoulders are dealing with the stresses you place on your arms, and your mid- and low back are moving the rest of your body. 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. Then, during a lifetime of moving certain ways habitually, along with any new injuries you suffer, your motion becomes restricted to certain patterns only, rather than through a full range of motion, and your body becomes more and more unbalanced.
Upper 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.
You get better at doing whatever you do—right or wrong—as your habits shape your body. The modern sitting lifestyle most of us practice, where we drive to work, slump at a computer all day, then drive home and slouch in front of a TV, provides all of the ingredients for shaping your body in profound and painful ways. Maybe your head juts forward from staring at a screen and the traffic ahead, perhaps you slouch with poor posture while doing so, and/or your shoulders roll in from typing and holding a steering wheel. Those stresses, individually and especially when combined, can result in occasional or chronic upper back pain. And when you’re in pain, you compensate and adapt your body motions in even more unbalanced ways, creating a vicious spiral that makes you weaker and more prone to injury.
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; muscle imbalances, muscle pulls, muscle strains, muscle weakness, myofascitis, Rib out of place; Thoracomyodynia; Thoracic neuralgia
Self-Help Solutions: Upper Back Pain Relief
>Do Posture Exercises every day to strengthen posture. Posture exercise can help restore the full range of motion your body needs to thrive. To counteract forward head posture, rolled-in shoulders and the like, start with StrongPosture® exercises such as BALL TILT and progress to the BALL STRETCH.
>Best Sleeping Position for Upper Back Pain
>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.
Consult a professional if pain is severe or persists over two weeks
Posture Specialists relieve upper back pain sleeping by freeing locked joints to restore full-range mobility and alignment. Chiropractors reduce mechanical stress to balance motion and nerve function.