Upper back (Thoracic) pain is less common than lower back pain, however is most commonly caused by myofascial pain (muscular) or a joint dysfunction.
While the neck and lower back are designed to provide us with mobility, the thoracic spine is designed to be very strong and stable to allow us to stand upright and to protect the vital internal organs in the chest. Because this section of the spinal column has a great deal of stability and only limited movement, there is generally little risk of injury or degeneration over time in the upper back.
Common thoracic injuries are sustained through poor posture whilst sitting or standing. How you sit, stand, lie and lift can all affect the health of your back.Try to avoid placing too much pressure on your back and ensure it’s strong and supple. Regular exercise, such as walking and swimming, is an excellent way of preventing back pain.Activities such as yoga or pilates can improve your flexibility and strengthen your back muscles.
Taking regular breaks from sitting at the computer and ensuring sitting with good posture will prevent injuries from occurring
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