If you are at your computer all day long, you may be experiencing some upper back and mid back pain. Although your lower back takes on the weight of your body and is a common complaint of pain, upper and mid back pain is very common for people sitting for long periods of time. Pain in your upper and mid back may feel sore, stiff, achy, similar to a pulled muscle. Upper and mid back pain can also feel sharp, shooting, numbness, tingling, burning, similar to a pinched nerve. A chiropractor helps upper and mid back pain. A chiropractor relaxes your pulled muscles and takes pressure off of your pinched nerves.
Repeated poor posture can also be a cause of upper and mid back pain. When sitting at a computer, do not hunch over. Sitting up straight is important to maintain proper posture. The muscles in your back have to work much harder when you are slouching. When sitting all day at your desk, a good lumbar support provides extra stability to the lower back which can benefit the upper and mid back.
There are some ways you can help alleviate your pain at home. When experiencing upper and mid back pain, it is recommended to alternate ice and heat, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Again, avoid slouching and try to sit/stand straight. If your job is to sit at a desk, take a 5-10 minute break every hour and walk or stretch. An hour of yoga each week is a good stress reliever. A chiropractor can help alleviate your upper and mid back pain by gently and effectively relaxing your muscles and releasing pressure from your pinched nerves, which ultimately can be the source of your upper and mid back pain.