What are the root causes of Mid-Back Pain?
Our spines are made up of 24 bones that are laid on top of each other with a soft "disc" between each of the segments to allow for flexibility. Each joint in your spine normally moves freely and independently. To give an idea of how this works, imagine a normal functioning spine like a large spring moving freely in every direction. A spine with a joint restriction is like having a section of that spring welded together. The spring may still move well, however a portion of it is still no longer functioning.
Joint restrictions are able to develop in many ways. On some occasions they are brought on by an accident or an injury. Sometimes, they can develop from repetitive strains or poor posture. Being overweight, smoking constantly, having strenuous work, and emotional stress can make you more susceptible to problems.
Restricted joints tend to promote a self-perpetuating cycle of discomfort. Joint restriction causes swelling and inflammation, which causes muscular guarding leading to more restriction. Since your spine has to function as a unit, rather than in isolated pieces, a joint restriction in even one area of your spine can cause "compensatory" problems in another. Imagine this, a rowboat with multiple oarsmen on each side and when one rower quits, the others are unfortunately placed under additional stress which can lead to the workers becoming overworked. Restrictions that have been around for a lengthy amount of time are thought to result in arthritis -just like how a slightly misaligned wheel on your car can cause premature wearing of your tire.
Joint restrictions are most likely to cause local tenderness and discomfort. You may feel that your range of motion has become limited. The overuse of some movements may increase your discomfort. The pain that comes from a restricted joint often travels around your rib cage or up & down your spine. Be sure to tell your chiropractor if your symptoms include any chest pain, shortness of breath, unusual cough, indigestion or flu-like complaints.
You should be aware of the fact that your problem is common and normally very treatable. Chiropractic care has been consistent in being the safest and most effective treatment for joint restrictions. Our office gives several tools to help ease your pain in the best way possible. To help your recovery, you should try to avoid activities that increase pain in sore areas. Be sure to constantly take breaks from sedentary activity. Yoga has been proven to help people who suffer with back pain so consider joining a class or finding one online.