Chiropractic is well known for its ability to relieve neck and low-back pain. But did you know that it also benefits those suffering from mid-back pain?
Mid-back pain ranges from twinges to tenderness and throbbing. Unlike low-back pain, however, which gets lots of press, achy middle backs don’t capture as much of the limelight. Until now!
When doctors of chiropractic refer to the thoracic region, they are referring to the mid-back: home to the thoracic section of the spine.
The mid-back includes 12 pairs of ribs, 12 spinal bones (vertebrae) — each of which is attached to a rib — and a network of nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. These structures protect internal organs, including the heart, lungs, liver and spleen.
Most episodes of mid-back pain result from injury, overuse or misuse. Abnormal spinal alignment or degeneration of normal spinal structure can also lead to mid-back pain. “The precipitating mechanical problem commonly leads to inflammation, and the inflammation causes pain.” (Harv Health Lett 1989;15:5.)
Dr. Smith corrects vertebral subluxations with safe and gentle maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments.
During a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Smith slowly moves misaligned vertebrae back into place. This process relaxes the connecting muscles: a vital step in reducing patients’ mid-back pain and improving mobility.
Chiropractic adjustments help maintain the integrity of joint cartilage, improve the metabolism of the intervertebral disk and prevent premature degenerative changes (Neurol Clin 1999;17:19-111).