Upper back and neck pain seem to affect more people than ever before. The pain can lower the quality of life for the sufferer and even be debilitating. Ironically, what you are doing right now may be the biggest culprit – sitting at a computer. The static posture of spending large amounts of time sitting at a desk or even staring down at a cellular device takes a toll. Upper back and neck pain also progressively affects individuals as they age. Fortunately, there is relief for upper back and neck pain.
Everyday stresses can cause problems that seem to take up residence in our bodies. Many people carry residual muscle tension in their upper back and neck because of mental / emotional stress. This definitely increases to odds of experiencing upper back pain. The best way to relieve stress is to learn healthy coping strategies. Stress won’t disappear from your life. And stress management isn’t an overnight cure. But with practice, you’ll learn how to reduce your stress level and increase your ability to cope with life’s challenges.
Plenty of good rest can alleviate upper back and neck pain. A brisk 20-30 minute walk has multiple health benefits, including relief of upper back pain in many cases Over-the-counter pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs may provide temporary relief. If the pain does not go away, heat therapy can offer pain relief for neck and upper back pain. Heat wraps can be warmed up in the microwave and then placed conveniently on the shoulders. Taking a hot shower with the water spraying the painful area can also relieve neck and upper back pain. Topical pain relievers, like Biofreeze, can provide good relief as well.
Bad posture can put a strain on the back and neck, leading to neck and upper back pain. You can determine whether or not your back and neck are properly aligned by placing your back against the wall and checking to see if the back of the head, upper back and buttocks are touching the wall. If any of these do not naturally touch the wall, upper back and neck pain might develop. This can be prevented by only sitting at places where there is back support, and keeping an upright posture. When looking downward, try lowering your entire head instead of simply tilting your head. And, never prop your head up in bed to read or watch television – instead, sit up at the waist so you don’t put undue strain on your upper back and neck.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
While chiropractors specialize in back problems and can effectively treat upper back and neck pain, what is many times even more effective is combining chiropractic care with therapeutic massage. This is one of the unique features we provide at our facility. Massage therapy can help release knotted muscles, providing relief for upper back and neck pain. Chiropractic care can address the underlying embedded pain pattern caused by nerve stress and joint dysfunction.
The experienced, professional massage therapists at Hartville Health & Wellness Centre provide exceptional care and will design an effective customized massage treatment to address your individual needs.
Why not make massage part of your wellness program?