The body is an intricate machine, but sometimes issues do crop up. Back pain can overtake your life and leave you feeling helpless. Understanding how your upper back works allows you to identify the cause and helps reduce back pain.
Muscles in your back assist you in turning, leaning, sitting, and standing. They’re also good for your posture! Unfortunately, when these muscles are weakened, stressed, stretched, or overused, they can cause pain. Pain may also be caused by a disease that isn’t connected to the spine. Discover the muscles that make up your back and what might be causing you pain.
Using the photos of back muscles below, learn about your muscles and which ones might be causing you pain.
Deep muscles: Deep muscles are the deepest muscles in the body, and they are largely responsible for initiating vertebral column movements, such as turning and bending. It’s possible that you’re suffering from a strain if you’re feeling deep muscle pain.
Intermediate muscles: The thoracic cage, also known as the rib cage, is home to intermediate muscles, which are found between the deep and superficial muscles. Your back pain could be caused by a sprain, strain, or overuse of intermediate muscles.
Superficial muscles: The superficial muscles, which are the muscles nearest to the outside of the body, assists in shoulder movement. You are more likely to be in discomfort from a superficial muscle than an intermediate or deep muscle because their role is to lift the outermost portion of the body.
- Trapezius: The trapezius, a trapezoid-shaped muscle that begins at the neck and runs down the back, is included in these superficial muscles. Turning and tilting the head can become difficult and painful if this muscle is stretched.
- Latissimus dorsi: The latissimus dorsi, another superficial and essential upper-body muscle, is in control of much of your upper-body activity. It is seen in activities such as walking and climbing. This is another muscle that is easily strained. Frozen shoulder is a condition in which the shoulder becomes rigid and painful to lift due to latissimus dorsi dysfunction.
- Levator scapulae: The levator scapulae is a muscle that keeps your neck in place. Bad posture, which causes levator scapulae discomfort or tightness, is a common cause of neck and upper back pain. It may be as simple as changing posture and kneading out muscle tension to relieve this discomfort.
- Rhomboids: The rhomboids help to maintain balance and control the scapula (shoulder blades). Although a strain may cause pain in this muscle, it is also near vital nerves, and the compression of such nerves often causes pain. Nerve interference in the region is characterized by muscle spasms.
If you’ve identified the muscles causing your back pain, you can figure out what’s causing it. The upper back may be sore due to something else or a result of a back injury. Osteoarthritis, a spinal infection, myofascial pain, lung cancer, scoliosis, or fibromyalgia are all conditions that can cause upper back pain. However, you may have had a specific fracture or trauma to your spine, such as a pinched nerve, a herniated disc, which is also known as impingement syndrome caused by a tendon rubbing against a shoulder blade due to overuse of joints. Speak with a certified physician for a diagnosis and recovery plan to diagnose the disease-causing discomfort in the upper back muscles.
Back muscles are complex and can be difficult to maintain, so by learning what they do, you can shield them from potential discomfort and work to alleviate the current pain.
#Healthy Posture. Healthy You.