Although it is less common than lower back pain or neck pain, many people will suffer from upper back pain at some point in their life. In fact, a study in Occupational Medicine found that roughly 1 in 10 men and twice as many women will experience upper back pain.
The upper back describes the area between the bottom of the ribcage and the base of the neck, between which are 12 bones that make up the thoracic spine. This is why upper back pain is known to health professionals as thoracic spine pain (TSP).
In today’s post, we’ll look at a leading culprit behind TSP — and how you can protect your own back from its painful effects. Read on to learn more, and if you’re seeking chiropractic care for back pain relief in Woburn, then contact the Moramarco Chiropractic team to schedule your appointment today.
Poor Posture and Muscle Deconditioning
Just as you can use exercise and weight training to condition your muscles over time to be stronger or more enduring, you can also de-condition them by not using them correctly. Unfortunately, this is often as simple as slouching in a chair at a desk all day.
Your back muscles are responsible for supporting your spine and holding it straight, and when you slouch for long periods of time, you can actually weaken those supportive muscles. Weak back muscles can:
- Increase your risk of muscle strain
- Increase feelings of discomfort while seated (which then encourages poor posture, exacerbating the issue)
- Subject the spine, neck, ligaments, and discs to increased pressures and forces, leaving you more vulnerable to injury
How To Protect Yourself From Poor Posture
Many people see poor posture as something they do or have — simply a bad habit — but it may be helpful to instead picture bad posture as something outside of yourself: an enemy to be avoided. Engaging in poor posture is a common problem that wreaks havoc on your back’s health.
Fortunately, good posture gets easier with practice! As you strengthen your back muscles, you’ll find that they naturally support you in an upright position that feels comfortable.
Our tips for beginning to develop better posture: Sit up straight in your chair, take regular breaks to move and stretch, or use a standing desk. At the very least, find an office chair that offers you lumbar support, adjustable armrests, and other features to encourage good posture. Your upper and lower back alike will be healthier for it!
Find Treatment for Back Pain in Woburn
If you need back pain treatment in Woburn, then please give us a visit at Moramarco Chiropractic! Our chiropractic care team can help you identify the underlying causes of your back pain, whether it’s lower back pain or TSP, and we can offer treatments and solutions for pain management.
Contact us to learn more about our chiropractic services or to book your appointment at our wellness center today. We’re ready to help you find relief and develop the right habits to support a healthy back for a lifetime.