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Upper Back Pain

Although upper back pain is less common than lower back pain, that’s cold comfort to the people who have it! At Back to Basics Chiropractic Care in Kennewick, we are dedicated to helping patients understand their spinal issues so they can be in the best position possible for their bodies to heal themselves.
There are twelve thoracic vertebrae that support the chest. They are each separated by a disc and most of them have joints that connect with ribs, limiting their range of motion. However, as people age, their spinal discs will dry, and those in the thoracic region can experience wear-and-tear. The large muscles that attach to the thoracic vertebrae can also become inflamed, putting pressure on this part of the spine.
Since muscle strain is the most common cause of upper back pain, chiropractors advise people to avoid it by maintaining good posture while seated and standing. People should also avoid carrying heavy objects off-center and wear back braces while doing demanding work. If …

Tips for Bicyclists

Bicycling is a great way to stay healthy and have fun, but like all exercise, it needs to be done safely. At Back to Basics Chiropractic, we take particular interest in sports injuries and want our patients to know how to prevent them.
Back pain can result from a bicycle that is not fitted properly. It is important to get a bike that matches the user’s body as well as their cycling style so that their lower back will not be strained as they lean forward. But even professional cyclists who have access to the best equipment have high rates of back pain.
The most common factor in cyclists with back pain is lack of core strength. Pushing uphill puts a great deal of strain on peoples’ backs. As they get tired, the hip muscles supporting their lower backs start to give out, worsening their posture and causing their backs to become overextended. This causes the lumbar vertebrae to move side-to-side more, putting more strain on the muscles. We can provide spinal adjustments to help cyclists fee…

Importance of Good Posture

Being aware of good posture is the first step you can take to reduce stress and strain on your spine. Poor posture isn’t necessarily a bad habit; it can happen for physical reasons, such as inflexible muscles, or muscle weakness. The good news is that posture can be improved and once that has been done, patients will notice improved balance, reduced back pain, and increased core strength and flexibility. At Back to Basics Chiropractic, posture can be improved through frequent spinal adjustments, or by utilizing these tips.

Imagine that a string is attached to the top of your head and pulling you upwards. The idea is to keep your body in perfect alignment, maintaining the spine’s natural curvature, neck straight and shoulders parallel with the hips.
To stand correctly, you should always keep your shoulders back and relaxed while pulling in your abdomen and keeping your feet about hip distance apart.
Balance your weight evenly on both feet and try not to tilt your head forward, backward or…