Tightness in two places in midback when leaning forward

by Karen
(Edenton, NC)

Tightness in two places in midback when leaning forward

Hi Doc. I was pulling down on the baler from above my head when I felt something happen in my spine. Not so much pain, but pressure. I also do a lot of heavy lifting. Now when I lean forward, I feel a tightness or pressure-like sensation in my spine in two places.

One place is right below my bra strap and the other place is about two vertebrae lower. Also, when I lay on my back or lean back against the couch it feels like there is a knot there, but when I feel with my hand there is nothing there. No pain, but just can't lean forward. Please help figure this out, as I'm afraid it might progress into something worse.

Thank you so much for your time.

Hello Karen,
Folk who enjoy the outdoor life do have injuries such as this, but they are miniscule compared to the far more serious and life threatening diseases that couch potatoes in the cities suffer from. Be encouraged!

You may be able to work this out; obviously I'm not sure what you've done, but I suspect either a rib or lower thoracic spine subluxation; it could be muscular too.

Twist slowly right and then left; tilt to the side. Make some notes so you know where you are, and date them. Take in a deep breath. Any pain?

You're right about it getting worse. Maigne's syndrome comes from this area, perhaps slightly lower than your problem. Type Maigne's syndrome exercises into the search function at Chiropractic Help. You will have to get your hands extra high.

Lie flat on your tum, on a cushion and ask hubby to get deep into those knots with some oil.

Give it all a week; give you're not improving, then it's time to look for your local chiro.

Good luck, I hope this helps.

Dr B

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Dec 12, 2014
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by: Karen Warren

Thank you so much for your quick response. I forgot to mention that I did get chiropractic adjustments in the area of the tightness and the x-rays showed nothing unusual with the spine. In fact, he said that I had good spaces between the vertebrae. But the treatment did not do very much for the tightness.

I did the stretches that you recommend for thoracic and low back. I also deep massaged the areas and felt immediate relief from the tension.

I plan to do this daily and hope this condition will resolve itself.

Thank you again for your help.

Pleasure Karen, I hope it helps; as a rule of thumb though don't allow any problem to go on and on; set a date and, if it's not significantly better, do something.

Xrays unfortunately can be very misleading; often they show little despite real problems.

Dr b

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