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Steve Lockhart

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Information on Upper Back Pain.
« on: October 01, 2006, 04:38:21 AM »
Pain in the upper back is an extension of problems lower down in the body and they often appear after a person has previously suffered with low back pain. Upper back pain is usually felt between the shoulder blades or up closer to the neck area and is exasperated by carrying the weight of the head and arms around on muscles that are tight and weak with poor circulation. People who work using their arm in a fixed position such as at a computer all day, or a mother constantly carrying young children, usually suffer from upper back pain more than someone who doesn?t.

To successfully treat upper back pain a therapist needs to address problems with the core muscles lower down the body to improve circulation to the upper back. The tighter the muscles lower down the back, the more pressure is on the upper back area and the more likely a person is to get upper back pain.

Because the upper back is under constant pressure throughout the day with the weight of the arms and head being carried, treatment is best combined with a series of exercises and self help techniques to help maintain suppleness and circulation to the area. If the treatment being applied only obtains very slow results it can often be a case of one step forward and one step back and the person with the upper back pain gets nowhere close to a lasting solution. The daily assistance of self treatment techniques and the right exercises assists this process greatly.

Another common cause of upper back pain is from whiplash received in a car accident. Often the initial soreness from the accident clears up and the person doesn?t realise there is a more sinister problem lurking until many months later when the discomfort and headaches begin. The whiplash produces a serious trauma to the muscle tissue in the upper back and this affects the circulation. After many months the lack of circulation contributes to a weakness developing and this then leads to upper back pain and often the headaches or migraines.

Upper back pain can also come from overloading the area by not having the necessary strength, such as happens with a mother who has two or three children in a row and is endlessly carrying them and everything else whilst keeping house.

Problems that begin as upper back pain can also spread down the back and end up causing low back pain or another pain in the lower extremities. In some cases problems that start as upper back pain can end up as sciatic pain which can make the current problem very difficult to diagnose and treat. This is why ultimately the best therapy approach is through a full body treatment that deals with the old and new problems and balances the muscles throughout the whole body.

To better diagnose your upper back pain and understand which muscles in the body are contributing to it through their dysfunction, the SLM Yoga exercise program that is included with the ?self treatment program for sciatica and back pain? works very well. This exercise workout plus the self help techniques contained in the book that comes with the program will support any treatment you get from an SLM therapist or another modality should the SLM Bodywork not be available in your area yet.

To understand upper back pain more fully just download a free e copy of The Bad Back Book from the order page.

Marcella

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Re: Information on Upper Back Pain.
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2006, 08:44:01 AM »
Steve,
I do feel mostly upper back pain lately.  I thought I saw a specific section in your book on this, but now I can't seem to find it?  Could I have read something on your website?  I have seen it somewhere and it's not in the Bad Back book either.
I have had to leave your yoga alone for a couple of weeks... it's a bit too advanced for me it seems and when I get the bodywork done, I"m just too happy for a few days of feeling good to try to mess it up.
That's something I think Claire is going to post about...... we are not sure when I should be doing the yoga? do I do a modified version when I'm getting tight and stiff/sore, or not do it at all until I feel better?

This is all so complicated when I don't really have many 'good days'... its hard to know what to do.
What can I do to improve my upper back soreness, and you're right... always between the blades. I do the tennis balls but there again, if I do them when I'm really sore, am I making it worse??

I"m sorry if this all doesn't make alot of sense.  I too am very confused and when a person has pain all the time, it all becomes one big ball and so hard to even know when your pain is worse !

thank you
Marcella

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Re: Information on Upper Back Pain.
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2006, 02:39:40 PM »
Hi Marcella, I am happy to answer those Q's for you and give you ideas for self treating a specific problem but I'll do that in the private members forum. You get access to that area as a purchaser of the self treatment program. Please go there to see my answer.
Steve

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Re: Information on Upper Back Pain.
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2006, 04:38:40 PM »
Hi Steve, just wondering how I get into the Private Members Forum? I have purchased the Self Treatment Programme, but there were no links or instructions to the private forum. I would like to veiw you answer to Marcella.

Thanks, Margi.

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Re: Information on Upper Back Pain.
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2006, 08:14:42 PM »
Yes Steve... I completely forgot about the Private forum.  I'm going there now and thank you in advance for your answers.
Marcella

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Re: Information on Upper Back Pain.
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2006, 10:22:20 PM »
Hi Margi, once I add the private forum to your profile you should see it when you log in. I need purchasers to tell me their login name before I can do that, You should see it now.
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Steve

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Re: Information on Upper Back Pain.
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2006, 12:24:53 AM »
Thanx Steve..I have it now...never like to miss out on any new info.. ;D
Margi.

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Re: Information on Upper Back Pain.
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2008, 06:21:06 AM »
Muscle fatigue is normally the reason a back aches all over from labouring the muscles in a static position all day. The potential the back muscles have to work for that long is slowly deminished as you continue to put them under that strain day in day out. Getting them back to a healthy condition again where they can cope with that sort of strain takes quite a while, especially if you continue to sit at the desk all day while trying to rehabilitate. One step forward and one step back.

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Steve

 

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