middle back pain

by Iain Marjoribanks
(London)

Hi Sarah,
I've had middle back pain for over two years. The first 3 months were the worst. Since it has gradually got better but it's not back to normal yet and I dare left any weights in the gym.

I've had lots of physio as well as osteothapy. The physio seems to think it's an issue of posture, spending 8 hours a day spent over a laptop and has told me that unless i change my sitting style it's unlikely to get any better.

I wonder what you think and what exercise you can recommend. I must admit it is getting better and feels better when i've not been sitting for too long at anyone time but i'd love to get it back to where it was. I'm 42 by the way, if that makes any difference.
Iain

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Jan 15, 2014
middle back pain
by: Sarah

Hi Ian,
Yes, there is no doubt about it, sitting does pose problems for the human spine. The problem with using a computer is that we tend to do it is such long periods, concentrating all of our attention over one tiny cursor!
You will find that using the BackBlock for the upper back is an amazing way of correcting a hunched posture. Make sure that you do the angels' wings as well. In fact, it would be a good idea to download the short video Upper Back BackBlock to get everything just right.
I also recommend that you read the page on computer postures and here is the direct link as well as exercises for posture
You might also see my video on Floor Twists which is in the same video package, as this will stretch right up into your thoracic area as well as into your lower back.
Also, I note you mention lifting weights.
I answered a post on a weightlifter's blog today, which you can catch on my Facebook page 'Sarah Key Physiotherapy'
Hope this helps.

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