Chiropractic Care for Upper Back Pain
Upper back pain is a common ailment. When it is severe, it can be debilitating. More often than not, the condition is due to a muscular, soft tissue, or nerve problem. Luckily, chiropractic care can alleviate upper back pain. At Preferred Chiropractic in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, our experts provide natural remedies for upper back pain.
Function of the Upper Back
Unlike the lower spine, the upper back is a lot stronger. It has a greater amount of muscle to bolster and support it, and the soft tissue tends to protect the area much more. The thicker support gives stabilization for the upper back, which protects the vital organs on the other side. It helps the body remain upright and provides physical defense from impacts.
Pain in the Upper Back
Many cases of upper back pain tend to be caused by a stiff neck. The muscles and tendons that help control and move the neck and are attached to the upper back. When they become inflamed, strained, or injured, they can cause upper back pain. The result tends to be sharp or dull pain with movement or after staying in one position too long. It also tends to reduce mobility, causing a tight feeling, where being still seems to be the only way to stop the pain.
Upper back pain can also cause headaches, migraines, breathing problems, an inability to sleep properly, and more. In extreme and rare cases, upper back problems can cause digestion difficulties and numbness in the arms or legs.
Causes of Upper Back Pain
The typical causes of upper back pain tend to be muscle problems, joint problems in the neck, or shoulder or injuries. However, other factors can also trigger the pain as well. A common one tends to be bad posture while sitting, which forces the upper back to bend unnaturally for long hours at a time. Sedentary living and work will eventually contribute to back pain as well, especially without any physical activity for long periods of time. Suddenly lifting a heavy weight when the body is not ready will also trigger pain and injuries in the upper back. Significant stress and anxiety with muscle cramping can also contribute to back pain.
The more medical-oriented causes of back pain tend to include arthritis, pinched nerves, degenerative spine conditions, and disc damage.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
When you visit our chiropractor, he will perform a physical exam to diagnose your pain. We will then create a personalized treatment plan for you. This often includes spinal manipulation. By realigning the neck and back, we can alleviate tension and pressure. We also offer massage therapy, which can help with soft tissue injuries in the upper back. Massage therapy improves blood flow to promote healing. Our chiropractor may also suggest corrective exercises and posture changes.
Schedule an Appointment for Upper Back Pain Relief
If you are experiencing upper back pain, you don’t have to continue suffering. At Preferred Chiropractic in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, we can help solve your upper back pain and eliminate recurring pain. Our goal is to help you live a happy, healthy life. Call us today at (561) 480-0678 to schedule an appointment.