Upper Back Pain: Common Causes and Home Remedies
While most cases of upper back pain aren't severe, the causes can be seemingly small. For example, having poor posture may not seem like a large problem, but overdoing it can be unhealthy for the back.
At Bolz Chiropractic in Topeka, KS, our chiropractors can provide you with treatment and advice on dealing with back pain and more. Read on to learn about upper back pain and its common causes and home remedies.
Common Causes of Back Pain
If you wake up and you notice pain, your sleep position is likely causing your back pain. For one, it's important to keep the body's natural curvature aligned when sleeping on your side. Placing a pillow under your neck and another between your knees can help with this.
Another cause of back pain can be poor posture. For example, you could have been slumping over your keyboard in your office for an hour and get up only to notice discomfort in your neck and back. You can improve your posture by keeping your shoulders back and sitting up straight. You can also take regular breaks and walk around and do regular stretches.
The third cause of back pain can be inactivity. Indeed, being inactive too often can make your overall health worse. Where back pain is concerned, being inactive can weaken muscles, decrease range of motion, and cause stiffness. Having a daily exercise routine, even if it's not too rigorous, can prevent this problem. Taking care of your back can improve your quality of life.
There are several home remedies you can try. For one thing, you can do stretches, such as the shoulder roll, child's pose, and neck flexion. Stretches can increase oxygen and improve blood flow.
Additionally, finding a balance between activity and rest can help you get back to your regular routine sooner. If certain activities such as exercise or cleaning are painful for you, it's okay to rest. However, excessive rest can make the pain worse. Recovery mode should only take one to two days and you should only rest for a few hours at one time.
Massage therapy can relieve back muscle tension and pain. Other benefits of massage therapy are increased energy and circulation, improved relaxation, relieving stress, and easing muscle pain. You can have someone give you a massage, such as a professional or family member, or do it yourself at home. Some devices are designed for self-massage, or you can massage yourself with your hands.
Contact a Chiropractic Professional
Need more information? Our chiropractors at Bolz Chiropractic in Topeka, KS, are here to help! Contact us today at (785) 272-2090 to schedule your appointment.