Thursday, June 18, 2009

Upper Back Pain Causes

A lot of people suffer from upper back pain.

They're always hanging out for a shoulder massage and love having someone massage the spot in between their shoulder blades.

One bloke I know used to pay his children a cent a minute to dig into his upper back with their elbows just to provide him with some relief.

These days it usually goes with long periods sitting hunched over a computer.

And hunched over is the right terminology.

If you sit down with your abdomen six inches away from your desk and the back of the chair sloping backwards. Your pelvis tilts back, you lose the nice 'S' shaped curve of your spinal column - it becomes a 'C' shape.

The upper part of you back is an inch or two forward of where it ought to be. The extra weight of your shoulders, neck and head puts increased tension on ligaments, tendons and muscles in your upper back. Eventually bones get moved out of alignment and that's when it really starts to hurt.

You rush off the chiro and the physio for the crunch and the rub down. It feels all right for a while, but not for long.

You keep going back for the crunch and the rub down but the pain keeps coming back.

That's because the cause of the pain is not due to a lack of crunch or rub down.

So what can you do?

The first thing is to do the 'sit-up-straight' exercises outlined in the Fix Back pain ebook at There are three of four must-do exercises to get you sitting up straight.

You need to start doing pressups as well and ideally start a gym program that includes bench press and upright row.

Finally you need to sit up straight at your desk; - abdomen pushing into the desk and back of the chair upright pushing in up under your shoulder blades.

To make this position comfortable you will have to move your keyboard and monitor away from you about 6 inches.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and remember, it's a big ask expecting to get better by having someone do something to you; sooner of later you have to do something to yourself.

John Miller

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