Upper back pain can occur as a result of a sudden injury or trauma, or it can occur through strain or poor posture over time. Upper back pain has become increasingly common from people who work on computers all day. Upper back pain can occur with neck pain and/or shoulder pain an frequently needs the treatment of a local chiropractor.
Most cases of upper back pain are due to “joint dysfunction” and/or “muscular irritation” (myofascial pain). The shoulder area is connected by muscles to the shoulder blade (or scapula) and the back of the rib cage. These large upper back muscles have been known to develop irritation (myofascial pain) that is painful and difficult to relieve.
Upper back pain and muscular irritation is usually pertained to lack of strength or due to being overused. Because the upper back pain is usually due to large muscles in the shoulder area, most treatment programs will include a great deal of strengthening exercises, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. Upper back treatment usually includes manual manipulation to help reduce the pain and discomfort by mobilizing the joint.
Many who experience middle back pain between the shoulder blades may have just slept in an awkward position or have just been working out too much. Or this between shoulder pain stems from bad posture and/or excessive movement while playing sports, like tennis or golf. The pain in your middle back might be just muscle irritation or a strained muscle. Depending on the symptoms of the pain between shoulder blades it may be something more serious; particularly, pain in the upper back could be related to spinal issues. You should certainly consult a chiropractor for a specialist’s opinion of your middle back pain injuries.
Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by sports and athletic activities that require excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as pitching, tennis, swimming, and Crossfit training. But shoulder injuries can also simply occur while performing everyday household activities like washing walls, hanging curtains, and gardening.
The vast majority of shoulder problems involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Athletes are especially susceptible to shoulder problems that are developed slowly through repetitive and intense training regimens.
Some people ignore the shoulder pain and "play through" a shoulder injury, which only makes the condition worse, and may cause more problems. People also may underestimate the extent of their injury because of the steady pain, limitation of joint motion, and weakness in the arm.
Shoulder pain effects many more people than you would imagine and is a very common complaint in a chiropractic practice. If you are unsure of the cause of your shoulder pain, the shoulder pain treatment depends on the cause of the injury. Therefore, it is vitally important for a local chiropractor to accurately diagnose the problem before any shoulder injury treatment can start.
What is neck pain (cervical pain)? The cervical spine is capable of supporting your head which weighs 15+ pounds and stays nimble by moving in several directions. But, this combination of mobility and complexity, puts the neck at high risk of pain and injury.
The causes of neck pain are usually contributed to accidents, growing older, and everyday life. Whiplash is a common injury sustained during an auto accident. This is typically termed as hyperextension and/or hyperflexion injury because the head is forced to move backward and/or
forward rapidly beyond the neck's normal range of motion. The unnatural and forceful movement affects the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Muscles react by tightening and contracting creating muscle fatigue resulting in pain and stiffness.
Most neck pain is just caused by growing older. Long term degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease are commonly known to affect the spine.
Everyday life is also a common culprit of neck pain. Obesity, poor posture, and weak abdominal muscles cause your spine to be unbalanced, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate. Even stress and emotional tension can cause neck muscles to tighten and contract, which can result in stiffness and pain.
Headaches happen regularly and are very common, however, there is usually a reason for your headache and for many people, chiropractic therapy can be very effective at treating headaches. Chiropractic headache therapy has been known to help treat tension headaches, migrane headaches, and “cervicogenic” headache.
Headaches can occur regularly and can be very severe. Ongoing headaches often have a profound effect on the lives of headache sufferers. Usually people don’t know that the pain you feel when suffering from a headache does not actually come from your brain, because the brain does not actually feel pain. The parts of the head with the pain sensitive structures are all the other parts of the head, including the nerves, membranes and blood vessels. When these structures are inflamed and irritated, then usually a headache will result. In addition, your neck has many nerves that cover the skull, and if these nerves are irritated or inflamed, they will send pain to your head.
The type of headache most commonly treated by a chiropractor is a cervicogenic headache. A cervicogenic headache is caused by your neck being out of alignment, and can also result from a reduction of mobility in the upper cervical area. Pain from this problem may be felt in your temple, ears, forehead, and eyes.
Chiropractic care is very helpful for a cervicogenic headache, because it fixes the source directly. Your chiropractor will perform manual adjustments, these adjustments will correct the identified problems and will allow you to regain movement and relieve headache pain. In addition to these manual adjustments, a chiropractor may also provide appropriate stretches, recommend exercises to help improve posture, and even have you start using a special pillow.
Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine while using a traction table to relieve your upper back pain and neck pain. Spinal decompression tables use the same basic principle of traditional manual adjustments that have been offered by chiropractors for many years.
Spinal decompression treatment relieves back and neck pain, and creates healing environment for bulging, herniated, or degenerating discs. This optimal healing environment create the right amount of pressure to encourage retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc. This lower pressure in the disc will allow healing nutrients and other substances into the disc.
In spinal decompression therapy, the spine is relaxed and stretched intermittently in a very calculated and controlled manner.
Laser therapy is a FDA cleared non-invasive chiropractic technique to help reduce upper back and neck pain and inflammation. Deep tissue laser therapy speeds up your body’s own organic healing process by drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. These chiropractic lasers work by filling the targeted tissue with photons that energize cells resulting in an increased circulation and pain reduction to the injured area.
Laser therapy treatments must be applied directly to skin which will cause you to feel a soothing warmth sensation as the therapy is administered. This therapy will last between 5 and 10 minutes, it will trigger an 18-24 hour process of modulated cellular activity, which will lead to the decreased pain and inflammation.
Upper back pain, middle shoulder pain, neck pain, and headaches can be treated with the help of a chiropractor. There are many chiropractic treatment options; manual adjustments, decompression table therapy, or even the most technologically advanced deep tissue laser therapy. Book your appointment at the premier chatsworth chiropractor clinic and visit us today!
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I went to Dr. Gould yesterday, I was in so much pain and my normal Dr. wasnt available to help me. I was very stressed out thinking Omg I have to find a new Dr. to help me. Iam very happy that I did try Dr. Gould he explains the procedures to you and what he can do to help your body out of pain. I really liked the set up of the office, its very nice easy to get through and a very nice place to go when your in pain. His whole staff is very nice and friendly. Dr. Gould himself also goes the extra mile to explain how to stretch your body in the morning for the back problems. Thank you again for your help.
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