If you are suffering from upper back pain, you are not alone. In fact, chiropractors see patients with this symptom all of the time. What can you do to relieve it? At Davis Family Chiropractic and Massage in Vancouver, we specialize in chiropractic care and massage therapy, both of which can be effective treatments for upper back pain.
What is Upper Back Pain?
Upper back pain is a catch-all term that can describe any pain or discomfort in the upper back region, from the base of the neck to the bottom of the rib cage. This pain can be caused by several different factors, including:
The way you sit, stand, or sleep can all contribute to upper back pain. If you slouch or hunch over, your back muscles and spine will start to adjust to that position, which can cause pain.
An accident or fall can cause upper back pain, as can repetitive motions that strain the muscles and joints.
Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other forms of arthritis can all cause upper back pain.
Symptoms of Upper Back Pain
The symptoms of upper back pain can vary depending on the underlying cause. However, some common symptoms include:
- Aching or stiffness in the upper back
- Sharp pain that gets worse with certain movements
- Difficulty moving the arms or shoulders
Chiropractic Treatments for Upper Back Pain
A chiropractor can relieve upper back pain with a variety of different treatments, including:
A chiropractor uses his hands to apply pressure and manipulate the joints, muscles, and tissue in the back. This can relieve pain by restoring proper alignment and improving the range of motion. This is often followed by an adjustment which is a quick, controlled movement that helps set the bones and joints back into place.
Massage therapy can help relax the back muscles and relieve pain. A chiropractor may recommend massage as part of a treatment plan. We may also refer the patient to a massage therapist.
Exercise and Stretching
We may recommend specific exercises and stretches to help strengthen the muscles in the back and improve the range of motion. You can perform these exercises at home or in the office. They may also be done as part of a physical therapy program.
Call Our Office for Upper Back Pain Relief
If you're suffering from upper back pain, don't wait to seek treatment. Our chiropractors at Davis Family Chiropractic and Massage in Vancouver can help. Call our team today at (360) 823-2225 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.