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Upper Back Pain Due To Postural Muscles?

One of the most popular posts on Bodycapable has been the one I wrote on how to use a laptop without ailments like tension headaches and upper back and neck pain .

That’s why I wanted to give Dr. Natalie Cordova an opportunity write about posture-related upper back pain and what you can do about it.  Dr Cordova is a chiropractor and an expert on posture exercise.

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While there are many reasons for someone to improve their posture, it is often when the person begins to experience postural muscle upper back pain that they finally decide the problem has gotten bad enough to address.

While improving appearance, standing up taller, and avoiding the dowager hump are worthy goals, it is often usually when pain has occurred and simply will not go away that someone understands how their poor posture has been affecting them.

How can you determine if your upper back pain is related to your posture? How can you tell if you are truly experiencing postural muscle upper back pain? Most people describe the pain a burning, one that will not go away without stopping their work activities for the day or just being able to go home and rest.

If your pain is related to your posture, you typically feel better when you have a chance to lay down for a time. This removes gravity from the equation and requires no work from your muscles. If you are still sitting up and watching t.v., your pain may continue because gravity is still actively pulling on these aggravated muscles.

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This is where people get the idea that what they really need is a posture support, not posture exercise to alleviate their problem. After all, they’re using their postural muscles all day right? Why work them out more?

However, using that argument is like saying that you don’t need to go to the gym to build bigger arms because you use your arms all day. You know that going to the gym and lifting weights will make your arms stronger and make simple daily tasks a breeze. After lifting fifty pound dumbbells, holding up your cup of coffee is nearly effortless.

This is the same philosophy behind doing specific posture exercise to help alleviate postural muscle upper back pain. Gravity is pulling on your muscles, more specifically your head, all day long. Building strength in your muscles will make their job easier. It will reduce the strain that is needed to perform simple daily tasks, making them a breeze.

Dr. Natalie Cordova is a posture exercise expert, chiropractor, and health educator. More information can be found at her website at http://www.postureconfidence.com.