The problem with pain is it lies. It tells you things are worse than they are and it rarely points directly to the fire.
It's hard enough to locate pain you can see, but all types of back pain exist where you're eyes can't go. This leads to further struggles in examining the issue.
Understanding the structures of the back and where a pain generates (and the form it takes) help you isolate issues quickly.
The following focuses on where pain starts and the severity you experience.
Types of Back Pain
Feeling something hurt in your back 'area' rarely helps you isolate the cause. Knowing what caused the pain is important to how you treat that pain.
If nothing else, knowing where to hit a pain with a massage gun without trial and error accelerates that sense of relief.
1. Lower Back
The area of the lower back includes the lumbar and the pelvis.
Lower back pain develops from stress to the vertebrae and discs. Poor lifting form and sitting on the tailbone are leading causes of lower back pain.
Pain in the lower back, no matter the manifestation, tends to create further injury. Once pain starts, changes to motion to avoid the twinge of pain often lead to further damage or stain further up the spinal column.
2. Middle Back
The middle back supports the weight of the rib cage and connects the lower sections of the shoulder blades.
Middle back pain presents as axial pain with dull aches and sharp twinges. This pain is from microtears in the muscles from the numerous motion of joints connecting the lower and upper back.
Middle back pain is more frequently a result of torsion and direct damage. Blows to the ribs or the spine are more obvious than other forms of back injury.
3. Upper Back
The upper back connects the shoulders, the neck, and the thoracic spine.
Upper back pain frequently takes the form of referred pain. Aches from the arms and shoulders are felt in the back. Headaches, especially sinus pressure leads to tension in the neck and shoulders.
This pain feels tight and gets worse with improper sleep and posture while sitting.
4. Acute Pain
Acute pain may come and go but comes with an accompanying injury or cause. Acute pain lasts for a few weeks to a few months.
Rest, heat, and exercise often help with acute pain as the underlying structures heal.
5. Chronic Pain
Chronic pain isn't always present but doesn't ever truly go away. This pain lasts months to years and comes from structural issues, degenerative processes, and sometimes psychological causes.
It's possible to develop chronic pain from an injury if that injury goes untreated. One more reason to treat all back pain as serious.
Understanding the different types of back pain helps you understand where in life you're experience damage.
Focus on changes in routine to prevent repetitive injury or fatigue as long-term goals.
In the short term, treat fatigue and subtle pain with massages and stretches. For more information about our line of massage guns, contact us.