Thoracic area of the spine – poor posture can cause nerve impingements in the shoulders, rib dislocations, facets/vertebrae inflammation and Kyphosis.
Back pain can be classified by various methods to aid its diagnosis and management. The anatomic classification of back pain follows the segments of the spine: cervical, thoracic, lumbar or sacral.
Upper Back pain is pain felt in the top third (Thoracic) of the back (bra strap area upwards) that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the upper spine.
The onset of upper back pain may be acute or chronic. It can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be characterised by a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation.
The pain in the upper back may radiate into the arms and hands and may include symptoms other than pain. Examples of these symptoms may include tingling, weakness or numbness in the hands and arms, indicating impingement to the nerves.
Although Upper back pain is common, it is rare for it to be permanently disabling and at times it is more the spasms of the muscles and ligaments/tendons within the back or the connecting areas, which have more of the disabling effect.
About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year.
Postural Upper Back pain has several causes. Approximately 98 percent of back pain patients are diagnosed with ‘nonspecific acute back pain’ in which no serious underlying pathology is identified – this is Postural Back Pain.
The CiONE Postural Programs – through its focus of realigning the pelvis and thus minimizing the Kyphosis of the spine, releases huge dynamic pressure and forces on the skeletal structure. This allows the body to relax and recover deeper during rest time – which in turn through the reduction of the day-to-day irritation and inflammation of the lower back gradually eradicates the postural pain.