Posture, the middle back and Chiropractic

One of the most common problems experienced by people who work in an office setting is pain and aching in the middle and upper back. Usually the pain is relieved by activity and made worse by sitting at a desk.
The cause of this type of pain is an imbalance between the muscles of the chest (pectorals) and the muscles of the back (traps, rhomboids). Additionally the hunched position with the head head in a looking down position is aggrevating as well. The muscles of the chest become chronically shortened and weakness of the muscles of the back especially rhomboids is present.
Chiropractic adjustments and myofascial release are often very helpful in relieving this type of pain in the mid back. It is very important for people who experience this type of pain to also begin stretching and strengthening programs to prevent recurrence. Stretching of the muscles of the chest (pectorals) is very helpful. Strengthening of the muscles of the mid back is very helpful as well. Usually the most helpful exercise is rowing motions with the arms held at shoulder level. The Total gym is one very effective piece of exercise equipment for rowing type motions and strengthening the muscles of the back. Neck extension exercises are often very helpful as well. Modification of the work space is helpful as well to eliminate irritating factors.
Usually a combination of Chiropractic adjustments, exercises and workplace modification is effective for managing this type of pain. Most often a series of 4-6 Chiropractic adjustments over 2 weeks is an effective starting point for treatment. Exercises and stretches are helpful on a daily basis.

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