Do you have a pain in your upper back that is controlling your life? There are things that you can do to help control it. Upper back pain is felt just below the neck and just above the lumbar area of the back that is also known as the middle back or thoracic area. The pain is also known as middle back pain or thoracic pain. The thoracic area is the part of the spine that deals with the chest cavity and rib cage.
Upper back pain is caused by several things that can be prevented. Most of it is caused by poor posture and can be remedied with using correct posture. It can also be a symptom of a more serious condition so it should be checked out by a health care professional.
Poor posture, specifically poor neck posture, can cause thoracic pain. This can happen from staring down at the computer screen for too long on a daily basis. The pain can also be caused by having to drive long distances, lying on a couch with your head resting on the arm of the couch, or lying on your back and reading a book. Anything that causes your neck to be extended for long periods of time can cause this pain to occur. If posture is not corrected, in time it can lead to more serious issues like long-term muscle strain, a herniated disk, or a pinched nerve.
Some things that you can do to help correct this posture problem is keep your head level and looking forward while pushing your shoulders back and your stomach area forward. When driving or sitting at your desk and computer, don’t slouch. Keep your back against the seat. Raise your laptop or computer monitor to a level closer to your head. This will prevent the bending and slumping of the shoulders and your head hanging down which causes much of the pain. Find ways to keep your head up and eyes forward.
While it is normal for there to be some degeneration as you age, there are some conditions that are much more serious. Middle back pain can also be due to degenerative disk disease that needs more attention and could worsen over time. If the pain is felt for long periods of time, have it checked out by your physician.
Relief can be found for thoracic pain by doing stretches. One easy stretch involves you being in a kneeling position with your back straight, head and chin up and level. Put your hands in front of you on the floor and push them forward like you are cleaning the floor. Get a full extension, the whole time keeping your head level and eyes straight forward. This is most helpful if your pain is the result of poor posture.
There are several things that may help that have been mentioned, but none of this should be substituted for medical advice that you can get from a qualified health professional. This information has been given to help educate about some ways relief can be found, but it is not medical advice.
While your pain may be chronic and make your life difficult, you don’t have to let it control you.