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Approaching Upper-Back Pain With Reflexology

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As much as back pain is a common complaint at physiotherapy centers across the globe (most people suffer from upper back pain at least once in their lifetimes), it does not make it any less painful, hard to tackle and long lasting. Medically, it is referred to as thoracic pain.

Though the upper spine is strong enough to support the weight of our upper bodies along with all the organs in our ribcage, the pain can occur anywhere between the nape of the neck to the top of the lumbar spine due to a variety of reasons, such as a viral cold, bad posture, using the wrong form while exercising, sciatica, endometriosis, kidney stones, shingles, fibromyalgia, bone cancer, fracture, osteoarthritis, pancreatic cancer, dissection of the aorta, spinal infection, muscle spasm, pregnancy, etc. Do check the cause with your general physician before you begin your reflexology program.

In reflexology, aches involving the area around shoulder, shoulder blades and pain of the trapezius and rhomboideus major and minor can occur with imbalances in the meridians: the small intestine meridian, the large intestine meridian, the bladder meridian, the gall bladder meridian and the triple burner/endocrine meridian. These meridians will be attended to during the reflexology therapy for upper back pain.

• The patient should drink plenty of water through the day and post-therapy sessions.
• The patient should avoid weight-bearing exercises in the duration (couple of weeks) of the therapy.
• It takes at least three to four therapy sessions before a patient begins to note any improvement in his/her condition.
• Upper back pain is also synonymous with stress and tension, so the patient is advised deep breathing exercises as an aid to reflexology therapy.
• The patient should report any discomfort within the next 24 hours
• Diet should be assessed for the amount of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin E in a day.
• If pain recurs between therapy sessions, an ice pack and/or topical application such as any anti-inflammatory and analgesic oil, gel suitable for the skin may be applied.


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