How To Relieve Upper Back And Neck Pain
London-based physiotherapist Dirk Laubscher of Rejuv, Ltd. discusses the options available for people who suffer from upper back and neck pain. Options, such as massage therapy and ergonomical assessment are discussed.
How to relieve upper back and neck pain. Upper back and neck pain is very common. It's probably one of the most common conditions that I see at the clinic.
It's just because the upper back and the neck are both directly connected. That's a very common and problematic area. To relieve the pain in that area, we have to look at your posture -- how you're sitting, how you're walking, how you're standing, and how you're sleeping.
That area is put under a lot of stress for people who do a lot of sitting, computer work, reading, and writing. What happens is that the joints in the back stiffen up, which causes the muscles to tighten up, which causes the pain. It can radiate from the upper back into your neck.
To treat that, we have to correct your posture -- make sure you're sitting correctly, you're sleeping correctly, and you're walking correctly. Make sure at work that your desk is set up correctly, that you're not hunched over when you work, that you're upright, and your head is on top of your shoulders. It's not leaning forward.
To see a physiotherapist is a great idea because we work on the muscles. We can do deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, dry needling, spinal mobilization and manipulation. It's important to understand that massage, for example, alone will only give you shortened pain relief, and if that's what you want then that's okay.
But if you're looking for something sustainable and a long-term solution, then you have to look at proper rehabilitation. We actually help strengthen the muscles of your back and your neck as well. Just to recap how to relieve upper back and neck pain.
Firstly, we have to correct your posture -- the way you sit, at work especially, and how your desk is set up.
Are you leaning forward? The way your computer sits. It's called an ergonomical assessment. That's very important.
Also, the way you walk and the way you stand, how you keep yourself, where your head is in position to your shoulders, all that needs to be corrected. You can also get soft tissue treatment, massage, deep tissue massage, and spinal mobilization and manipulation. It's very important that you do postural correction and strengthening of your postural muscles because that's the thing that's going to, at the end of the day, give you a long-term solution to your back problem.
That's how to relieve you upper back and neck pain. .