Are You Dealing With Mid Back Pain?
In a normal and healthy back, each joint in your spine should move freely and independently.
For a visual aid, it might be helpful to imagine a normal spine functioning like a big spring moving freely in every direction. If your spine has a joint restriction it is similar to having a section of that spring welded together. The spring may still move as a whole, but a portion of it is no longer functioning.
In some situations, they are formed by an individual accident or injury. In other cases, they develop from a repetitive strain or through poor posture. Being overweight, smoking, strenuous work, and emotional stress can increase the risk of you suffering from problems.
If a joint is restricted there is often swelling and inflammation, which triggers muscular guarding leading to more restriction. Since your spine works as a unit, and not as isolated pieces, a joint restriction in one area of your spine can have a negative impact on other areas of your back or your back as a whole.
You may notice that you do not have your full range of motion. In some situations, movement may increase your discomfort.
Pain from a restricted joint often starts around your rib cage and then moves up and down your spine. Always be sure to contact us if you experience any chest pain, shortness of breath, unusual cough, indigestion or flu-like complaints. Long-standing restrictions are thought to result in arthritis.
Chiropractic care has been proven to be both the safest and most effective treatment for joint restrictions. At our office, we offer several different tools to help ease your pain. To speed your recovery, you should avoid activities that make your pain worse. Be sure to take frequent breaks to get up and move around. Yoga has also been shown to help back pain sufferers so consider joining a class or finding one online.