Finally, one of the most frequent causes of Mid-Back pain is repetitive use. Long-term poor posture combine with desk jobs that require you to be seated for long periods of time are typical culprits. Poor posture leads to the muscles at the front of the body (the pecs) to become over contracted and to pull the head, neck, and shoulders forward. While the anterior muscles are over contracted, the posterior muscles become inhibited. The posterior muscles become sore and painful from being pulled forward. The Mid-Back is vulnerable to any type of slouched posture. Slouching goes against the natural curve of the Mid-Back, leading to fatigued muscles and misalignment of the spine. This creates tension and pinches nerves, which tend to “lock” into position – meaning stretching may help, but it won’t fix the problem.
When patients come in, our doctors do careful examinations – using range of motion tests and checking the alignment of the spine. Occasionally they may ask for an MRI or X-ray to see more clearly what is going on in the back. Even if you don’t know what you did to injure your back, we can find the injury or misalignment and help treat the cause to get rid of your pain. Our gentle method of spinal manipulation can correct the curvature of your spine and help you regain a neutral posture. We can also use a variety of therapies, including massage, to unlock the muscle spasms which create soreness in your back.