Upper Back Tension

Upper back pain, also called middle back pain or thoracic pain, is pain that is felt between the bottom of the neck and the shoulder blades. Upper back pain can be very common amongst people who sit at computers.


Upper back pain and rib cage injuries occur due to either:

  • •    Direct trauma to the ligaments, connective tissues, discs, cartilage, bones, joint capsules, tendons,      muscles or nerves of the upper back area.
  • •    Overuse of these structures due to longstanding poor alignment or adverse biomechanics or
  • •    Visceral disorders.

Common upper back and rib-cage injuries include rib fractures, costo-vertebral joint and sterno-costal joint dysfunction, thoracic kyphosis, facet joint dysfunction and muscular spasm


Your corporatephysio will provide you with a swift and accurate diagnosis and design an effective treatment program.

Treatment includes:

Manual therapy Joint mobilisations, trigger point therapy, acupressure, soft tissue release, spinal mobilisations, muscle energy techniques and breathing exercises.
Exercise therapy Following injury and repair, tight structures need to be lengthened, weak tissues strengthened and balance needs to be restored. An exercise program will be designed to specifically meet your needs.
Strapping/Supports Following a sudden injury it is sometimes imperative to support, strap or immobilise the affected area. Physiotherapy strapping techniques are effective in this instance.
Posture/Ergonomics Poor posture and adverse work ergonomics can put unnecessary strain on the structures that surround and support the joints. Advice on good posture and ergonomics is important. Prevention is better than the cure.
Specialist referral Referral to a spinal specialist or for further tests if necessary.