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Chiropractic Treatment for Upper Back Pain

When people think about going to the chiropractor for back pain treatment, usually they are thinking about treatment for pain in the lower back. But the fact is anyone at any age can develop upper back pain. Your Inver Grove Heights chiropractic provider Dr. Scott Stinson is just as prepared to relieve your upper back pain. Here are some things you should know about chiropractic treatment at Cahill Back & Neck Care Center.

Chiropractic Treatment for Upper Back Pain

Your Upper Backbone Is The Largest Part Of Your Spine

Your upper backbone, also known as your thoracic spine, consists of 12 of the 24 bones in your spine. By comparison, your neck bone, that is, your cervical spine consists of seven bones, and your lower backbone, your lumbar spine consists of five. All of the vertebrae in your upper back connect with your ribs. Together, these twelve vertebrae and your ribs protect your thorax. That's where we get the term "thoracic spine."

Upper Back Pain Is Relatively Uncommon But Potentially Serious

Upper back pain is common. Upper back pain can be a serious condition. Why? Upper back pain can limit how big a breath you take. This becomes an important health consideration when you get a respiratory infection like pneumonia. 

Sometimes You Need Chiropractic Treatment Of The Upper Back To Get Over Neck Pain

There are people who have severe atherosclerosis who can't get chiropractic manipulation to treat neck pain. However, these patients usually can safely receive chiropractic adjustment of the upper back, which has the side effect of relieving neck pain. Even when adjustment of the cervical spine is permissible, including chiropractic treatment of the thoracic spine improves results.

Chiropractic Treatment Of Your Upper Back May Improve The Range Of Motion Of Your Neck

There is a biomechanical link between the spine in your neck and the joints of your upper back. When the joints of the upper back are out of alignment, the muscles of the neck don't have their full range of motion.

Chiropractic Treatment Of Your Upper Back May Relieve Digestive Problems

A clinical study published in 2019 found that when people who had "functional dyspepsia” were given chiropractic adjustments of the upper back, their digestive symptoms disappeared. Adjustment of the thoracic spine can also help with "gallbladder stasis," a condition that often leads to the production of gallstones.

Do any of these conditions seem like you? Call Dr. Stinson!

Dr. Stinson, your Inver Grove Heights chiropractic source, is ready to provide all your needs in chiropractic treatment. Call Cahill Back & Neck Care Center at 651-401-7080 to make an appointment today!

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