Mid back pain is a kind of pain felt in the area below the neck and above the waist or lower back. The middle back is composed of 12 vertebrae which are part of the thoracic section of the spine. The middle back is naturally strong and stable as it is connected to the rib cage. The elastic cartilages which are found between each bone serve as shock absorbers and also, there are muscles and tendons that provide stability to the back.
There are many different problems that could trigger mid back pain. Causes of pain in the middle back include:
- Poor posture
- Emotional stress
- Improper lifting
- Accidental trauma
- Tightening of the diaphragm
- Standing for hours
- Sleeping uncomfortably
- Muscle strains
If the middle part of the spine is directly injured, it can cause malfunction to occur from the pinched nerves to blood sugar-controlling organs. Within that spinal region, there are pairs of spinal nerves emitting from the middle back to various digestive parts which includes stomach, liver, gall bladder, and small intestine. Problems in communication with the nerves may lead to numerous digestive disorders. There are also nerves in the middle back that leads to the heart which can bring heart irregularities.
The Chiropractor will take a thorough history and provide a physical exam. After the assessment, the Chiropractor will develop a plan to correct the underlying problems. These will be explained to the patient and then perform it by applying precise and gentle adjustments to the specific areas of malfunction. Upon examination it is very common to find a lower back misalignment, or in some cases, a lower neck misalignment that has helped caused the mid back pain.
Additional services Chiropractors provide include exercises, pelvic stabilization, ergonomics, and patient education. Exercise and rehabilitation are very important to prevent the pain from becoming chronic. Many patients are relieved from their mid back pain after a few visits and patients benefit in maintaining chiropractic care regularly because it keeps their bodies in optimum condition.
Stretch of the Month
Mid-Back Sitting Stretch
Do this exercise while sitting in a chair or on a bench with your feet resting flat on the floor.
- Lift your left arm until you feel a stretch in your rib area.
- Lower your arm and repeat with your right arm.
- Repeat this sequence 10 times.
- Stop immediately if you feel pain.
A Healthy Lifestyle Is Lived One Day At A Time
To prevent disease and be full of energy, you should make daily wellness a top priority.
- Add red foods to your diet
- Have 1 cup of black tea per day
- Dial 1 phone number from memory every day
- Choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Stretch after a hot shower to prevent pain
- Hold your breath for 10 seconds
- Chew your food 20 times per mouthful
- Cut your cravings in half to cut calories