Upper Back Pain Relief

Video by Dr. Justin Thompson

Are you constantly battling upper back pain and searching for effective ways to find relief? Our Chiropractors in St. Louis Park recommend the “barrel stretch”, a targeted exercise that can significantly reduce discomfort in the upper back. If we want a happy body, we need to move it! The research routinely demonstrates the importance of daily movement! Hilton’s law in action really does work! A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) highlights the benefits of incorporating this stretch into your routine. The research demonstrated that regular practice of the barrel stretch led to increased flexibility and improved range of motion in the upper back muscles, ultimately reducing pain levels among participants. This simple yet powerful stretch involves arching the back over a barrel or stability ball, providing a gentle yet effective stretch to the thoracic spine. By incorporating the barrel stretch into your daily routine, you may find relief from the nagging upper back pain that has been holding you back. Implementing one new stretch into your routine will not be a quick fix for your pain, though. If you want explanations for what else could be contributing to your pain, give us a call! We are here to help get to the bottom of what is causing your pain. We want you to get back to doing the things you love!

This simple yet powerful stretch involves arching the back over a barrel or stability ball, providing a gentle yet effective stretch to the thoracic spine. By incorporating the barrel stretch into your daily routine, you may find relief from the nagging upper back pain that has been holding you back. Implementing one new stretch into your routine will not be a quick fix for your pain, though. If you want explanations for what else could be contributing to your pain, give us a call! We are here to help get to the bottom of what is causing your pain. We want you to get back to doing the things you love!

Research Referenced

Dover J, Hertel J. (2019) “The Effect of Thoracic Spine Mobility on Shoulder Range of Motion and Posterior Shoulder Tightness in Collegiate Baseball Players.” Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 49(5), 297-302. doi:10.2519/jospt.2019.8135.

Tufts Medical Center. (2023.) “Upper Back Pain Exercises.” https://hhma.org/healthadvisor/aha-upperbak-rex/

Our Message

We love to help our patients in St. Louis Park stay healthy. We are here to relieve back pain, neck pain and headaches while also teaching about how our diet and stress effects our over all health. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diseases. Our  Chiropractors located in the West End, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr., want to help you stay healthy and out of pain!