Pain in the Mid back can be a serious symptom.

Mid back pain is one of the most common complaints that patients report when the first visit a chiropractic office. The mid back area is called the “thoracic” spine. There are normally twelve bones with a matching twelve pairs of ribs that make up the mid back area.

The this area is highly reactive and can compensate for the rest of the spine.  Therefore, pelvic neck and lower back problems can effect. Sitting at a computer or driving for long periods of time are two common origins of mid back-related pain. Pain here can also be associated with a referred pain or complication from one of the organ systems in the body.  As a result, understanding this relationship can help.


Symptoms of mid back pain can range.  Often, can be muscle tightness and spasms. Others complain of, trigger points. Secondly, restricted range of motion when bending or twisting, Lastly can be sharp or stabbing pain from the back, radiating to the front. The rib cage can also become distorted causing symptoms that mimic other issues.  First can be respiratory.  Secondly cardiac problems such as shortness of breath.  Lastly, irregular heartbeat and fast or slow heart rhythms.

How can chiropractic help

Your chiropractor specializes in the musculoskeletal system and its biomechanical- related functions. A complete history and examination will help determine the origin of the problem and how to best proceed. A corrective care plan will then be designed to alleviate your symptoms and correct underlying problems.

Chiropractors use their hands to perform spinal adjustments that help reposition and align the bones of the skeletal system. This allows for the related soft tissues surrounding the middle back, (muscles, tendons and ligaments) to reposition and repattern the movements most associated with better health. Chiropractic helps improve and restore motion to the joints that are stuck or not moving correctly.

If you experience pain or tightness, see your chiropractor immediately to determine its cause and to design a care plan specific to your needs.


Each week Dr Hulsebus answers a question about Chiropractic.  Lots of people get information about chiropractic from non chiropractic sources.  These sources answer questions but rarely have any knowledge on the subject.  Because of this Dr Hulsebus now answers a question a week.  Here are a few on this topic.

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