Upper Back Pain and Its Home Remedies
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Upper Back Pain and Its Home Remedies

Pain in the upper back is often due to arthritic changes in the neck and thoracic (chest) vertebrae (spinal bones). The spaces within the joints become narrowed, and small splinters of bone develop around the edges of the joints, causing pain and limiting movement.

Pain in the upper back is often due to arthritic changes in the neck and thoracic (chest) vertebrae (spinal bones). The spaces within the joints become narrowed, and small splinters of bone develop around the edges of the joints, causing pain and limiting movement. They can also press on the spinal nerves as they emerge from between the vertebrae, triggering pain in nearby muscles.

Symptoms

- The upper back vertebrae are tender to pressure, usually more down one side than the other.

- Pain and stiffness upon twisting, turning, stretching or bending the upper spine.

- Pain extends up into neck and down towards the lumbar region (lower back).

- The shoulder and lower neck muscles can go into spasm.

Home Remedies

Along with a wholefood diet, regular stretching and bending exercises would be recommended, possibly under the supervision of an alternative therapist or physiotherapist at first, and later, following improvement, through slow movement exercises. Weight reduction where necessary is always applicable to spinal problems, including those in the upper back. Swimming in a heated pool would be appropriate hydrotherapy, to mobilize and support joints and minimize stiffness. Warm showers, baths, compresses and poultices would be prescribed, together with herbal and aromatherapy remedies. Referral would be made for manipulative therapy such as osteopathy or chiropractic and for acupuncture.

A wholefood diet would be recommended, possibly with raw foods only (fresh fruit and vegetables and their juices) for one day a week if there is acute inflammation of the vertebrae. Red meat might be banned initially for arthritis, and the same juice recipes recommended.

Specific dietary supplements include all the antioxidants to reduce inflammation; with extra vitamin B-complex to combat physical and emotional stress. Evening primrose oil and marine fish oil capsules (or liver cod oil) should be taken daily. Extracts of green-lipped mussel might also prove useful. Alfalfa, which is extremely rich in antioxi8dant nutrients, can be added to salads and soups.

Garlic, cider vinegar, honey and pollen, chamomile and capsaicin are recommended as for arthritis. Alfalfa herbal tablets, green tea and turmeric extracts all supply antioxidants, and turmeric remedy tablets have similar pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory qualities as orthodox arthritis treatment, without side-effects.

Prevention

- Keep supple with daily stretching and bending exercises.’

- Take the appropriate supplements.

Caution

- Avoid unsuitable strain such as weight-lifting or wrestling if you have a back problem.

- Seek medical advice for injuries arising from contact sports that fail to clear in a few days.

Related article: Lower Back Pain and Its Home Remedies

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