Sarah's recommendation Getting rid of a nasty stabbing pain when breathing usually involves decompressing, or pulling the thoracic spinal segments apart.
The best way to do this is using a BackBlock.
The opening out backwards may be slightly uncomfortable but the process is VERY effective. It pulls more fluid into the intervertebral discs, stretches tight intercostal muscles and relieves the crowding on the head of the problem rib.
Use The BackBlock For These Breathing Relief Exercises
Stretch tight intercostal muscles (between the ribs)
Inhibit the accessory muscles of respiration (in the neck)
Give the diaphragm room to descend (into the abdomen)
Why A Strained Rib Can Cause Your Breathing Pain
Each rib moves like a bucket handle lifting up and down off the rim of the bucket as we breathe in and out. The synchronous movement of all the ribs inflates and deflates chest and brings about gaseous exchange in the lungs.
Each rib must be fully mobile and springy so that breathing can be as free as possible.
Being tired, unfit, physically overwrought, or in some other way below par, can make it easier to 'rick' a rib and give you upper back pain when breathing.
See A Short YouTube Clip of One Of The Best Exercises
Why Do People Get Upper Back Pain When Breathing
If you inadvertently twist or jar a rib, the intercostal muscles will develop an automatic protective clench to hold the rib still. This is known as muscle spasm. If the muscle stays switched on for too long it makes the problem rib more rigid, so that it feels a hard prominent ridge. You will feel the rib is 'caught' and if you take a deep breath you will get a sudden grab of pain.
There Are Many Ways You Can Strain A Rib!
Strenuous pushing exertion through the arms
Repeated coughing as part of a chest infection
Raised muscle tone (muscle spasm) caused by a stiff thoracic vertebra
Poor posture making it difficult for the ribs to function properly
See Sarah's Treatment Video Explaining Upper Back Pain - And More Importantly - All About Fixing It Yourself
Sarah's downloadable video has valuable information about the anatomy of the thoracic spine, including how the ribs work. In it, she explains all about the biomechanics of upper back pain - and its treatment. Download this video here.
the workings of the thoracic spine, the chest and ribs.
the complex notching of the ribs into the sides of the vertebrae
how you can stretch the most important soft tissues - including the nerves!
how you can mobilise the chest cage and ribs
how you can strengthen your upper back yourself to maintain posture correction
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