Upper back stiffness and pain is a problem that seems to be becoming much more common. At Southern Region Chiropractic we believe that this is predominantly due to the forward flexed posture that people use when looking at computer screens, laptops, tablets, and of course mobile phones. Upper back stiffness can cause upper back pain but it can also trigger other issues such as headaches, neck pain, rib pain at the front of the chest and changes in breathing patterns. As a result upper back stiffness can have a significant effect on your quality of life and your ability to go about your day to day activities.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s upper back stiffness and pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. In addition to postural problems, common conditions that may cause mid back stiffness and pain include Scheuermann’s disease, facet joint sprain, costotransverse sprain, and muscle strain. In rare cases, mid back stiffness and pain may be a sign of something more serious and our chiropractors are trained to identify warning signs that may indicate that you should be referred to another health professional or that your chiropractic treatment should be modified.
Once the cause of your symptoms have been diagnosed the chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic will devise a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. Treatment is aimed at reducing your stiffness and pain, restoring the movement in your mid back, and improving the function and strength of your mid back. Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods, ergonomic and activity modification advice, postural retraining, and the prescription of home exercises to improve movement and strengthen muscles. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.