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Dealing With Upper-Back Pain


While lower back pain is both frequently discussed and frequently experienced, there is a growing population of individuals who struggle with pain in the upper regions of the back, near the shoulder blades and base of the neck. Some people may develop a hump-like appearance if the issue is not appropriately addressed. In addition to the visible effects, upper back issues can be incredibly painful, and can impact posture, breathing, balance and coordination, and the inflammatory response.

Understanding the Issue

As mentioned, upper back pain can be caused by the development of a hump-like formation near the base of the neck. Over time, the neck and head may have a tendency to shift forward past the shoulders in some individuals, which makes it more prominent. Fat can also deposit here, leading to an even more pronounced formation and more pain. There are two different types of upper-back humps that are most common – the Upper-Thoracic and the Dowager’s. The Dowager’s hump is seen most often in older individuals, as a result of muscle loss and poorer posture over time. The Upper-Thoracic hump, however, is more common and occurs in both young and old populations. Uncorrected subluxations cause pain and a compensatory effect. In addition to breathing and posture problems, the propensity towards thyroid and heart issues is also greater, and referred pain (in the arms and hands) may occur.

Finding a Solution

Chiropractic intervention can provide life-changing, drastic results for people with both types of hump formations. The Upper-Thoracic hump can be corrected, and the pain and balance issues in people with the Dowager’s hump can be greatly improved. First chiropractors seek to gain an understanding of the type of hump present in the patient. A history and consultation is helpful here. Then, by identifying the points of subluxation and misalignment, chiropractors provide adjustments and manipulate the region back into place. Often times, patients experience an immediate improvement in posture and breathing, and through regular treatment, the results continue.

If you think you may be developing or have developed a hump-like formation in the upper region of your back, consult with your chiropractor to discuss your options. Treatment is out there, and it is effective, so don’t waste your time wondering if chiropractic is right for you. The non-invasive techniques treat the root cause of the problem, and bring the spine back into harmony with the rest of the body so you can experience not just relief, but progress.


*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*

Story Credit: Chiropractic care can ease upper-back pain By The Arizona Republic

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