Upper Back and Neck Pain
Upper back, shoulder and neck pain, soreness, and achiness are very common conditions affecting almost everyone working at an office. In an absence of injuries, the pain most commonly is due to stress and tension, poor posture (slouching forward), and head forward posture.
While poor posture and head forward posture are major causes of upper back pain, it's a deep topic requiring a special approach to treatment.
While working, a lot of people will experience stress in their body. This is obvious if you have to meet deadlines or have such a huge workload that requires dozens of hours that you don't have to complete.
Very often, this stress is expressed by raising shoulders up and keeping them there. Think tense vs loose person, we bet you can easily spot it in their body language. It's a normal response from our bodies.
However, it becomes a problem when shoulders are kept raised for hours and hours while you're working. Eventually, it leads to microscopic injuries and inflammation in the muscles of the upper back and neck which results in pain and achiness. The most common affected muscles are Levator Scapulae, Upper Trapezius, and Splenius Capitis.
Massage helps to relieve tightness and tension in the affected muscles. For best relief we recommend therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage, or hot stone massage.
Remember, that raising shoulders and upper back pain are a manifestation of how your mind feels during stress. So the best relief is achieved not only when your body is relaxed but also your mind. This is where acupuncture can be very helpful.
Acupuncture help s you to relax your mind while decreasing inflammation that might be taking place in your body.
Lastly, chiropractic treatment works by adjusting cervical spine alignment.
The adjustments lead to decreased tension on muscles of the neck, improved mobility in the neck, and increased neural flow to the muscles causing a decrease in pain and soreness.
In almost every single case that we have worked with, upper back pain and tension goes hand in hand with bad posture. While relieving tension in your mind and body might provide immediate relief, these are usually short lasting results. For long term benefits and a decrease in pain, postural correction is the best course of action.