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Dealing With Middle Back Pain

By Stephen R. Farris

At times, we may suffer from lower back pain, stiffness in the neck, knee problems and even pain in our joints. But what if the pain is coming from your middle back? 

It could be from an underlying medical condition, or the daily stress and strains from everyday life itself. The pain you feel might be short periods of sharpness, dull and achy, tightness or stiffness, or it could be difficult moving around.

What causes middle back pain? It could be from the fact you've neglected your core or that it's become weaker from inactivity. Maybe it's from sleeping in the wrong position or that you've been injured in some way.

The best thing for you to do if you're experiencing middle back pain is to have it checked out by your doctor or chiropractor so they can pinpoint the cause of your back pain.

Your chiropractor can talk with you about exercises that you can do at home, between treatment sessions. 

Sitting and Twisting

This exercise is pretty much self-explanatory and music is optional. Get it, twist, 1960s. Yes, I know. Showing my old school side. So anyway, back to the sit and twist. Simply sit down on the floor or use a chair, legs crossed or straight out and make sure you're sitting up straight with your shoulders tight and down. Slowly twist from left to right, holding each for at least 30 seconds before returning to the center. Do so for about three to four sets at around 10 reps. It's easy enough that you can do these at your desk at work too.

Strike a Pose

Normally referred to as the "child pose," in yoga terms, this exercise requires you to kneel on the floor resting your hips and glutes on the back of your legs. The object is to kiss the floor with your forehead as your arms and hands are extended out in a forward direction, then hold the pose for around 30 seconds. Use you hands to work your way back up to an upright position, then repeat several more times. This helps to elongate the spine in a relaxed manner. 

There are many other exercises you can try as well. But the most important things are to stay active, practice good posture and follow the advice of your doctor or chiropractor.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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