Looking For Neck & Back Pain Relief
Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. The pain often is divided into neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain or tailbone pain. It may have a sudden onset can be chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the arm and hand, in the upper back, or in the lower back, and might radiate into the leg or foot and may include symptoms other than pain, such as numbness or tingling.
Causes may be:
- 1) Bulging Or herniated (slipped disc)
- 2) Sciatica – Herniated disc pressing over the nerve going to your leg causing sharp shooting pain the back & leg
- 3) Arthritis – It can lead to narrowing of the space around the spinal cord called spinal canal stenosis. This can cause back & leg pain.
- 4) Structural irregularity – Your spine may have abnormal curvature either side to side or excessive curve in front/ back.
- 5) Osteoporosis can cause vertebra fracture & can cause back pain. common in old age.
- 6) Rare causes include Cancer, infection.
If you suffer from chronic pain, you probably think you have two options: pop pills or tough it out. But medical doctors are increasingly turning to natural alternatives—like massage, acupuncture, yoga, and even hypnosis—to help their patients feel better. In fact, pain is now among the most common reasons Americans turn to complementary and alternative medicine in the first place. Whether you have lower-back pain, neck aches, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, to name only a few, we have the scoop on what therapies can offer you relief—without drugs.
What it’s good for: Back pain, osteoarthritis, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, neck pain, and surgery-related discomfort. What the experts say: Sure, massages feel great, but they provide much more than a few “ahhhs” for people with back pain. “Massage therapy has been shown to boost levels of endorphins and serotonin—the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators—and to reduce stress hormone levels.” Massage therapy may also work at a molecular level, helping to turn on and off genes associated with inflammation.
Upper back pain between shoulder blades may be helped by posture correction exercises and stretches
One of the causes of upper back pain is poor neck posture which ultimately pushes the area between the shoulder blades out as the head goes forward.
Some neck exercises, described previously, are good for upper back pain and between the shoulder blades with causes related to poor posture habits. While the neck is conditioned to the normal position the shoulders are rotated outward to help exercise the muscles of the upper back and correct the rounded shoulder position.
The causes of upper back pain are varied so it is important to be examined by a doctor. In my practice, the most common of the causes of pain in the upper back without injury is related to poor posture at home and at work. Muscles and ligaments become over stretched and weak. Over a period of time, the joints become stressed and this causes a degenerative type of arthritis similar to that seen in the neck region with stiffness caused by restricted motion and irritation of pain sensitive structures like the nerves and disk.
Back pain does not need to be a permanent part of your life! We can help you find long-lasting, natural relief.