Middle Back Pain
One of the most common conditions bringing patients into our office is mid-back pain. In my experience, one of the most common causes of middle back pain is stress. The thoracic spine houses a tremendous amount of sympathetic nerves. That’s the part of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system that’s responsible for “fight or flight”. Anytime we are under more pressure, our sympathetics kick in. This can lead to a lot of VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATIONS in the thoracic spine. The resulting loss of nerve function creates even more stress. This leads to decreased function. It’s very common for mid-back subluxations to cause a lack of sleep. Loss of sleep prevents us from recovering from the daily stresses and wreaks even more havoc. Our bodies get stuck in this cycle. Unless these subluxations are adjusted, it continues to create dis-ease. Many of the nerves that supply the heart, lungs and stomach are located in the middle and upper back. It is of utmost importance to maintain NORMAL FUNCTION in this area. Natural News reported on January 7, 2012 – “Research indicates that regular chiropractic adjustments may prevent heart attacks, lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, relieve chest pain and support the cardiovascular system, according to the Palmer Chiropractic College“.
What does a chiropractor do for middle back pain? Doctors of Chiropractic do not treat conditions. Our focus is on how the spine functions. We have spent thousands of hours studying anatomy and physiology. We are the only health care providers trained to detect and correct subluxations. We will examine the spine and give gentle, safe chiropractic adjustments to the subluxations that are found. By removing the source of ABNORMAL FUNCTION, with time and repetition, the nervous system will be able to regulate the body properly. Optimal nerve function leads to more fully functional body overall. In most cases, this means the middle back pain will be relieved.