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Have Upper Right Back Pain? Try This!

What To Do If You Have Upper Back Pain

Are you experiencing upper right back pain? If you‘re looking for relief, you‘re in luck, this blog post will explore some tips and tricks you can take with you through your every day life that will hopefully help you alleviate your discomfort so your life without having to worry about it. So, let‘s get started!

When Should I Worry About Upper Back Pain?

Upper back pain is a fairly common ailment that I see in my massage therapy practice, but the real question is when should you really start to worry about it? Well, it depends all on the severity of your pain, how long it lasts, and the sensation you are getting from your pain. Generally speaking, if the pain lasts longer than a few days and starts to interfere with your daily life, then it‘s best time to seek help from one of the best massage places, IMMERSE Modern Massage. If you start to experience sharp shooting pain or numbness and tingling down the arms, or weakness in your arms, you might be having a nerve impingement or circulatory issue and it’s best to see a professional massage therapist who can help you resolve the issue. If the pain you‘re experiencing is sudden or is severe, or if the pain goes on for more than a few weeks, then that’s another reason to see a licensed massage therapist. Remember, when in doubt, seek professional help.

Why Does My Upper Back Hurt On One Side?

If you’re askingwhy does my upper back hurt on one side?”, rest assured, this a pretty common question that I see all the time in my practice, and ultimately, the answer to this question is that there could be lots of different reasons. First, consider if the pain is new or if it’s been going on for a while. If it‘s been an issue for more than a few days or was exacerbated by an injury, it could be caused by poor posture, or RSI (repetitive stress injury). On the other hand, if the pain is more recent, or if the pain is sharp and sting, it could be more a acute sprain or muscle pull, or could be the result sleeping in an awkward position. Additionally it could be from doing an intense activity that your body isn‘t used to. Not to worry, as seeking help from a licensed massage therapist is a great first step, who can help you develop a treatment plan. You might be asking yourself though, what is my right back pain a symptom of?

What is Right Back Pain a Symptom Of?

 In order to determine the root cause of your pain and discomfort, it’s important to understand the potential underlying cause. First, right back pain is usually caused by muscle or ligament strains, which often happens when you lift something too heavy or structural issues due to poor posture or in extreme cases a slipped disc, chronic spinal stenosis. Sometimes inflammatory conditions like arthritis can also cause right back pain. All of these can be treated by massage therapy, and our team of licensed massage therapists can help you get the right treatment plan in place to make sure the pain is eliminated and doesn’t come back. Ever wonder if your pain is muscular, or something else? It’s time to seek treatment.

Why Do I Have Pain In My Mid Back Right Side?

Pain in your midback right side can be a sign of a variety of issues. However, one of the most common causes is a muscle strain. This type of injury can occur from carrying heavy objects, lifting incorrectly, or suddenly twisting your body. Furthermore, if the strain is severe, it can cause inflammation or can even tear the muscle fibers. Additionally, pain in the midback can also be caused by a herniated disc, which can cause nerverelated pain that radiates from the lower back to the midback. Lastly, pain in the midback can also be caused by a vertebral fracture or osteoporosis. Therefore, if you experience pain in your midback right side, it is best to visit your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

How Can You Tell If Back Pain Is Muscular Or Something Else?

If you’re unsure if your back pain is muscular or something else it may help to take note of the sensation you’re experiencing. If it’s it a dull ache, a sharp pain, a stabbing sensation, and you feel it in the joint or muscle, then it’s probably something massage can help with. Additionally, it may be helpful to consider where the pain is. Is it all over your back, or is it concentrated in one or more specific areas? If the pain is constant or if it comes and goes, with this information, you can start to get a sense of whether the pain is muscular or something else. If you feel it deeper than your muscle layer, it might be time to see a doctor.

What Is A Red Flag For Upper Back Pain?

If you’re wondering if you should skip your visit to your massage therapist and see a doctor, there are some common red flags that can point to a more serious issue. If you start to have upper back pain is accompanied with a fever or other signs of illness, it‘s important to see a doctor as this might be sign of infection. Also if your pain is persistent for more than a few weeks or if it is accompanied by tingling or numbness in the arms or legs, this could be a sign ofnervous system condition like fibromyalgia or something more serious, in which it might be time to see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Finally, if there’s swelling or tenderness in your upper back, it‘s important to get checked out by a healthcare professional to rule out a sprain, torn ligament or tendon. 

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Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
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    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.

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