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7 Simple Exercises for Upper and Middle Back Pain

Back pain can really put a damper on your day-to-day routine. Find out some common causes for upper and middle back pain and simple exercises that can help!

There are many causes of upper and middle back pain, and most of them are related to overuse or strain. Poor posture, overdoing it in the yard or lifting something too heavy for you can all put strain on your upper and middle back, causing injury and pain. For mild to moderate pain, these exercises can help give you some relief.

As always, talk to a doctor if your pain is severe or doesn’t seem to be going away. If you have a serious injury, you may need to rest and recover before working on stretching and strengthening, and a physical therapist can be a big help. There are also rare cases where upper and middle back pain can signal something more serious, like gallbladder disease or even cancer, so definitely talk to a doctor if you’re in pain for more than a couple of weeks.

Even with muscle strain, back pain can impact different people differently. Don’t think of this list of exercises as a hard-and-fast routine. Instead, try these out, and cherry-pick the ones that work best for you. And if something hurts, back off or stop the exercise. You don’t want to make your pain worse!

1. SPINAL TWIST

Stretching those middle back muscles can be tricky, and a spinal twist is a great way to hit muscles that we don’t normally stretch. This is a simple, seated twist that most people can practice without problems. The key is to just push until you feel a nice pull in your muscles. If you feel any pain, back off a bit. You’ll be able to twist further with practice, but it takes time.

2. COBRA POSE

This is a gentle strengthening exercise for the upper and middle back. Just go as far as you can in this pose, and take care not to overdo it, especially if you have an injury. You’ll improve with time.

3. REVOLVED TRIANGLE

This is a balancing posture, so if you have trouble with your balance, go slowly into revolved triangle. If you can swing this pose, though, it is a really great way to get into those middle and upper back muscles. Twists like this stretch and strengthen, so you can help your body heal while protecting yourself from future injury.

4. WIDE LEG FORWARD BEND

Forward bending is great for your whole back body, from the bottoms of your feet all the way up to the top of your head. If you’re practicing forward bending to relieve back pain, pay extra attention to lengthening your spine as you move gently into this posture.

5. STANDING MID-BACK REACH

This is a great middle back stretch that you can practice anywhere you like. You can do it seated at your desk, standing in line at the grocery store or while watching TV at home. It’s a nice, gentle stretch that anyone can practice.

6. FLOOR MIDDLE AND UPPER BACK STRETCH

This is a gentle stretch that you can practice at home when you need some back pain relief. You’re using the power of gravity to stretch out those middle and upper back muscles. Just hang out and enjoy it!

7. THREAD THE NEEDLE

This is another yoga pose that’s great for getting into those back muscles. The video above is for beginners. If you want to go further, check out this intermediate Thread the Needle video or this one for a more advanced practice.

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-simple-exercises-for-upper-and-middle-back-pain.html


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Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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