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As chiropractic veterans in Melbourne, Wellbeing has helped many patients overcome their chronic upper back pain issues. A throbbing pain felt in the upper back, could potentially spread to nearby areas such as the neck, shoulder, or arms and may grow worse, if ignored.

Upper back pain is a musculoskeletal condition often caused due to workplace or sporting injuries, intense physical activities, a sedentary lifestyle, incorrect posture, or repetitive activities conducted over a long period.

Understanding the anatomy of the upper back

The area between the neck and the bottom of your ribs is called the “upper back” which comprises twelve bones. Doctors use the term ‘Thoracic Spine’ to refer to the upper back. The thoracic spine is designed to be very stable and strong to help us stand upright, and also protects vital organs such as the heart and lungs. Upper back pain can be mild or severe and may get complicated owing to the intricate bones and interlacing muscles involved in the mobility of respective areas.

When should you see a chiropractor for upper back pain?

Whether to see a chiropractor or not, is completely subject to the case on hand. One should closely self-monitor a few aspects such as the severity of the pain, frequency, and the pain duration before seeing a chiropractor. However, one can follow a simple thumb rule before coming to a decision.
1. When the upper back pain makes you uncomfortable but is not severe and occurs less frequently, then you can seek home remedies first and check if the pain recedes.
2. If the pain aggravates, is consistent, prolonged, and drastically affects your quality of life, you should consider making an appointment with a chiropractor to get the issue sorted on time.

If the upper back pain is delayed or ignored, it may cause even more serious and complicated issues. While treating your chronic upper back pain, we suggest avoiding invasive and intense treatments such as injections, painkillers, or surgeries.

How do chiropractors treat upper back pain?

The main focus of chiropractors is to help you get rid of the pain in the most natural way and try to keep you away from medicines or surgeries. The treatment typically begins by checking the patient’s medical history, prescriptions, or any other treatments that the patient might have undertaken so far. Performing a physical assessment on the nerves, muscles and joints of the spine. And undertaking orthopedic, neurological and muscular testing. While treating the upper back they will focus on identifying and relieving pain in areas such as the bones, muscles, joints, tendons, cartilage or ligaments.

Spinal adjustments are one of the most effective chiropractic treatments for upper back pain. Chiropractors begin with one or more spinal manipulations where they apply gentle force on certain areas to mobilise the spine and optimise the nervous system. Once the re-adjustments are made, you will feel that the pain and muscle spasms (if any), would have reduced. In most treatments, chiropractors use their hands to apply adequate and fast thrusting motions on the affected areas. Chiropractors may apply different techniques depending on the issue and its severity and may recommend several sittings for complete healing.

Chiropractors at Wellbeing have been treating patients suffering from mild to severe upper back pain using the best chiropractic practices. The treatment offered at Wellbeing is safe, effective, and conducted in the utmost caring and professional environment. Wellbeing centers are located across 50+ locations in Melbourne and are known for offering quality chiropractic care.

Do not put yourself at risk by sustaining the pain and procrastinating the treatment. It’s important to seek the help of experienced chiropractors for your back pain, book an appointment today!