Long-Term, Chronic, Mid-Back Pain
Chiropractors are experts at adjusting the spine. A major portion of the spine is the mid back … any vertebra that has a rib attached. That includes nearly half of all the vertebrae.
But what about people who experience mid back pain almost constantly, even if they’re going to the chiropractor regularly?
If you’ve ruled out disease processes like bone infections or cancers, and if you’ve ruled out compression fractures and rib misalignments, there’s another avenue to examine that can often make a noticeable difference – a torqued sternum.
With a torqued sternum, the top shifts toward one side of your body and the bottom shifts toward the opposite side. Because of that shift, the joints where the ribs connect to the sternum in the front can’t move properly. They get slightly “stuck.”
Ribs are like bucket handles. They connect to the spine in the back and to the sternum in the front. If the rib is stuck on either end, the symptoms can be mid back pain or chest pain, shortness of breath or any combination of those. If you correct joint function at one end of the rib without correcting function at the other end, the symptoms can return again and again. Because you’ve only addressed half of the problem.
That’s one reason a torqued sternum is often mistaken as heart problems, even when all the heart tests come back in the normal range. Chest pains from a torqued sternum can closely mimic heart disease symptoms.
Correcting a torqued sternum is a simple procedure, especially when done by a chiropractor with an instrument like an Activator or an Impulse. It’s simply a matter of taking both the top and bottom of the sternum back toward the center line so that all the rib joints can move freely and correctly again.
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