Upper Back Symptoms

By: Mulock & Yonge Chiropractic Health & Wellness Centre Jul 01, 2014
Upper Back Symptoms |Mulock & Yonge Chiropractic Health & Wellness Centre

How do I know if there is something wrong with my back?

Does your back hurt?

Upper Back Symptoms

This is a big issue in today’s society affecting all ages. The computer age, texting, gaming and forward flexion of the head in general is affecting our nervous system’s ability to control body function in a state of normality.

Upper back symptoms occur as a result of the body’s inability to repair itself faster than your lifestyle’s ability to break it down. This stress can originate from one of three pillars: Physical, emotional and environmental(food, air, skin contact). The key to healing is reducing the stressor so that the body is able to repair itself and restore optimal health once again.Our clinic works together to identify the source of the problem and correct it so your body can heal.

Chiropractic Care

The upper back consists of 12 thoracic vertebrae, 12 ribs that join the vertebrae in the spine to the sternum (breast plate) in the front. The ribs act as protection for the lungs and heart. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord and keep you upright while moving around.  Between each rib is a nerve, artery, vein and intercostal muscles. The nerves that exit the spine control upper digestive organs, the lungs and heart.

Poor posture or improper lifting can lead to upper back symptoms ranging from sharp rib pain (can mimic angina on the left side) to heart arrhythmias. A change in muscle function can lower lung capacity.

The key is to find the source of the problem that is creating the symptoms. Many times we have had patients go to emergency department at the hospital due to chest pain only to find the heart was fine. The source of the pain was a displaced rib at the vertebrae joint and once adjusted the problem was solved.Always be aware of your posture to maintain a healthy spine and allow optimal nerve function. Chiropractic adjustments make a big difference. Chiropractors are trained in biomechanics to correct your posture. Dr. Darren would be more than happy to assess your spine, help correct any posture issues and help you achieve optimal health. 

Naturopathic Care

Did you know that Upper Back Pain might be linked to unhealthy digestive system?

Heartburn or acid reflux is one of the most common human experiences, and it happens when stomach acid is regurgitated up the esophagus. Long term acid reflux can damage the esophagus. Medical treatment for acid reflux involves neutralizing stomach acid either through over the counter products that contain calcium carbonate or through prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s). This will often alleviate the symptoms by reducing stomach acid production, but does not address the underlying cause of the disease.

Our Naturopathic Doctor will address the root cause of disease after doing a thorough assessment, which may include a food sensitivity test.

Other conditions that may cause upper back pain are; peptic ulcers, pancreatitis and gallbladder stones.  

Registered Massage Therapy

Upper back pain is pain located from the shoulder region to mid back. It can be caused by repetitive day to day activities, lack of movement or holding a position for hours and lack of treatment or prevention. Upper back pain is a common complaint from patients that sit at a desk using a computer all day.  This position causes a lot of tension primarily in the upper back between the shoulder blades and upper shoulders. Other professions that are prone to upper back pain are; plumbers, electricians, mechanics, nurses, stay at home moms, hairdressers, seamstress, students and many more.

Regular treatments with your Registered Massage Therapist can:

  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Decrease pain
  • Increase flexibility
  • Strengthen weak tissue
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve posture
  • Increase circulation

Daily stretches as well as routine massage therapy will help ease the discomfort effects of upper back pain. Ask your RMT for help today!

Alternative Therapy

Physical Causes:

Acupuncture can help relieve the pain and bring the body back to a balanced state. 

Reflexology can help work out the tension, relieve pain and calm the body so that it can start the repair. 

Ion Cell Cleanse effectively releases the buildup of inflammation which can relieve the pain.

Emotional Causes:

Feeling unloved or holding back love can cause physical symptoms.  The best therapies to let these emotions go so they no longer create upper back symptoms are Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Psych-K both are excellent ways to delete old programs and place new ones in so you are no longer feeling the pain of your emotional attachments.

VoiceBio is a diagnostic test and treatment that helps determine the root cause of an issue so that the appropriate treatment suited to your individual needs can be recommended.

As you can see, the proper diagnosis must be made to allow the body to heal. If you have any further questions please call us at (905) 898 – 6644 or go to our website www.mychiro.org.

Mulock & Yonge Chiropractic Health & Wellness Centre

Our mission is to enhance the innate healing powers of all family members so that they may reach their optimal health potential. Our mission is to guide our community to recognize that healing comes from within and that life and health are a journey to wellness. We believe that maintaining health is far superior to treating disease.