Chiropractic and Upper Back Pain
When the idea of chiropractic care comes up, I think it is safe to say that most of us end up thinking about patients who clutch their lower backs in pain, looking for some form of relief. Speaking of back pain, most people talk about pain and stiffness in the lower back region of the body, yet upper back pain is also a potentially debilitating and painful condition that can and does occur in many people. Even though upper back pain is not as common as lower back pain is, it still can be treated by natural methods such as chiropractic care, according to a post by Spine Universe.
What makes upper back pain so unique is, of course, its placement on the body. Upper back pain is not the same as pain in the neck or shoulders, nor is it the same as the aches and pains that are often felt in the lower back area of the body. Since the upper area of the back, also known as the thoracic area, does not tend to move as much as the lower portion, there tend to be less injuries due to overuse.
So what causes upper back pain then?
Many of the more common reasons include poor posture, usually from sitting hunched in front of a computer for hours at a time, carrying a heavy backpack that is not adjusted to fit your shoulders correctly, or improperly lifting a certain item over and over again on a regular basis,probably for work. Osteoporosis can also lead to feelings of pain and stiffness in the upper back. Interestingly enough, scientists have found that there can be a link between frequent occurrences of acid reflux and pain in the upper back area of the body.
Fortunately, there are ways that this pain and discomfort can be treated in a completely all natural manner. Chiropractic care has been shown to be one of the most effective and efficient natural treatment methods when it comes to any sort of back pain, regardless of area or region. A licensed doctor of chiropractic will examine the back before using applied pressure to manually manipulate the spinal column and the joints back into their proper alignment. Misalignments tend to occur not only as a result of injuries and strains, but also general wear and tear on the body. Chiropractic adjustments can bring pain relief and increased mobility to the area.