Chiropractic & Upper Back Pain

Do you have:

  • Muscle tension between the shoulder blades
  • Painful or restricted movement in the back or shoulders
  • Hunched posture
  • Pain with deep breath

Eight out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their lives(1). While it is common to reach for over-the-counter pain medications to reduce the pain, at Chiropractic Balance we ask ‘What is the cause of your upper back pain?’

Frequently the cause of upper back pain is an imbalance of the spine and nerves (subluxation) and it’s unlikely to get better on its own(2). Medication may reduce the pain but it often doesn’t solve the underlying problem.

The good news is help is at hand: Spinal imbalance is what our Chiropractors’ specialise in identifying and correcting.

We want to get you out of pain and keep you like that so you can do the things you enjoy.

If you have upper back pain, at your first visit we will review your history and do a thorough examination to see if imbalance is causing your back pain. If it is, we will begin working on correcting it. But we don’t stop there, we examine the rest of your spine and body to see if its contributing to your imbalance and look at your lifestyle for what might have caused the imbalance in the first place. We help you focus on making supportive changes that can include exercise, nutrition, posture advice and wellbeing.


(1)Rubin Dl. Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Spine Pain. Neurol Clin. 2007; May;25(2):353-71.
(2) 2020. Vertebral Subluxation » New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 15 April 2020].

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Effective Methods for Pain Relief

Chiropractic can help you deal with your back pain without popping pills. It is a safe and effective method at correcting the cause of upper back pain.

More questions? Find out more about your first visit, or take our Quiz to find out if Chiropractic Balance can help you.

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FAQs about Chiropractic & Upper Back Pain

What can I do to relieve upper back pain?

The two most helpful exercises are diaphragmatic breathing and stretching the upper back by alternating between rounding your back and arching your back. See our blog post below for diaphragmatic breathing techniques

What two postures cause upper back pain?

The two most common postures to cause upper back pain are being hunched or having one shoulder higher than the other. If you have these postural imbalances, it is likely chiropractic may help


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