One in six Australians experience back pain each year. Back pain is the result of the way the bones, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments interact. The most basic lesson I’ve learned over all my years in health and fitness is that the body LOVES to move. And when it comes to the back, it’s become obvious to me that the back loves to rotate.
Rotation is one of the seven fundamental human movements, along with squatting, lunging, hinging, pushing, pulling and bracing. It’s a move that we don’t “strengthen”, like the others, but that we must “practice”.
"The main reason most people experience tightness and pain in their upper back is due to how they spend most of their day — in a seated and static position."
The best solution for tightness and pain in your upper back is to get a new job. No, seriously. The main reason most people experience tightness and pain in their upper back is due to how they spend most of their day — in a seated and static position. And this is usually because their job requires that of them. Even a standup desk isn’t that much better because it’s still a static position.
I understand most people don’t want to change their career just to eliminate their back pain. So here’s a few other solutions to fix the problem without having to quit your job.
Tightness in your upper back usually arises when you sit for extended periods of time in a static and hunched position. Your muscles tighten up, restricting blood vessels and nerves. This leads to pain in the muscles. Regular movement, which encourages blood flow and for the nerves to glide through the muscles easily, eliminates pain and tightness. In addition, strengthening the muscles helps to resist fatigue that leads to this pain and tightness.
Do you experience pain and tightness in your upper back? If so, what strategies have you found help to ease it?
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