Your posture can play a significant role in giving you back pain. If you sit or stand for hours then you have a greater risk of incurring this pain.
The most common back pain is usually located at your lower back. However, if you feel pain in your shoulders and rib cage region it could be indicative of more serious health concerns.
When you experience upper back pain it means that you have pain located from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage.
This pain can be sharp, dull or even burning and often causes stiffness of your muscles.
It can be caused by:
- Improper posture
- Ligaments and muscle strain
- Vertebrae fracture
- Myofascial pain
- A herniated disc
Other symptoms include;
- A loss of your bowel or bladder control
- Weakness in your legs and arms
- A tingling or numbness in your chest, legs, belly and arms
These symptoms could be a sign that you have gallbladder disease or even cancer.
Cancer Can Also Cause Back Pain
You should know that lower back pain can also be a sign of cancer of the ovary, rectum or colon.
When there is tumor in the spinal column you will experience back pain as a result of a weakening of the bone or an expansion.
It could lead to compression of the nerves, spinal instability and even fractures.
If you feel pain between your shoulders it could be caused by liver, lung or esophageal cancer.
Remedies For Back Pain You Can Do At Home
You can try out simple stretching exercises to help relieve you of back pains.
Here are a few you could try out today.
The Pectoral Stretch
- First stand by resting your hands on a door frame and above your head.
- Lean forward gently, you will stretch your shoulders.
- Keep this posture steady for 15 seconds.
- Try this twice or thrice.
The Scapular Squeeze Stretch
- You should sit up straight with your arms by your side.
- Then you need to squeeze your shoulder blades together the best you can.
- Keep this posture steady for 5 seconds.
- Repeat two sets of 15 stretches.
The Thoracic Stretch
- You need to sit down on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you.
- Then grab your thighs at the spot above your knee, then curl your neck and head towards your navel.
- Keep this posture steady for between 10 to 15 seconds.
- Try it out thrice.
The Lying Knee Twist Stretch
- Get on your back on the floor, let your arms as well as your legs be stretched out.
- Let your arms be out and yet flat on the floor.
- Get your knee drawn towards you, then cross over to your body’s left side.
- Keep this posture steady for 20 seconds, then try out on the other side.
The Yoga Cat Stretch
- Be on your knees and let your hands be at a parallel angle to your shoulders while your knees are parallel to your hips.
- Next you need to exhale while you arch your spine gently as you look up to the ceiling.
- You should then inhale as you tighten your core muscles as you round out your back like a cat.
- Keep steady for 10 seconds.
- Then repeat this stretch for about 10 times