Upper back knots are a common complaint amongst the regular massage clientele. Especially those knots that are resistant to being worked on in between the shoulder blade and the spine. The therapist is great at finding them and the pain you feel with the pressure is a ‘good hurt’. There even tends to be multiple in a line down the upper back. What if you were to find out that those ‘knots’ may not be knots at all. They may actually be where the rib meets the vertebra of the spine. That knot can actually be the rib head that is misaligned, fixated, and irritated. Like any irritated joint when pushed on it hurts but with a regular pressure you get an endorphin release which provides a temporary, but well needed, relief.
There are other symptoms that can be tied into this problem even though you may not think them related. Some of these include chest tightness (difficulty taking a deep breath from either tightness or pain), pain with coughing or sneezing, it can spread out and create neck tightness and even in some cases reflux or GERD, chronic cough, and chronic chest colds can also be tied into this condition. Other areas that can stem from this are different types of shoulder pains which can get in the way of you being active or playing with your children or grandchildren.
For such a simple problem to fix don’t let it nag you for years to come. If you would like to know more about how this problem is treated you can consult a Sacro Occipital Technic ® certified practitioner who specializes in conditions just like this.
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