Mid back pain can be the most distracting and frustrating back pain. Commonly felt in between the shoulder blades, it tends to get tight, and frequently degrades into a chronic burning sensation that can build up and not go away.
After a serious fall as a child, I started to get burning mid back pain between my shoulder blades around age 8. No fun!
Now, as a chiropractor in practicing here Summerlin Las Vegas, I have twenty years experience of helping other people with their mid back pain, and this has helped me understand some major underlying factors that can influence mid back pain.
I want to share some of these with you here now:
Hidden Causes of Mid Back Pain:
Loss of Neck Curve – Not only does this put stretching forces on the spinal cord and ligaments, the head forward posture overloads the mid back postural muscles, which can lead to chronic burning pain. Almost impossible to fix without chiropractic care.
Acidic Precipitates – Metabolic individuality, or just acid overload can cause acids to precipitate out as sharp, painful crystals in your muscles, ligaments, joints, even skin and thyroid. The most common is Calcium Oxalate from Oxalic acid. Other acids that form crystals in the human body include Salicylic and Uric acid.
Often, these crystals will tend to form in chronically inflamed and irritated parts of the body, for many of us this is the mid back…
Organ Stress – Most often Gallbladder or Liver, but impaired Stomach function can also irritate the midback nerves and muscles.
This is called referred visceral pain. Improve your liver health by not eating carbs and you can supplement to improve gallbladder function. The main thing is not eat the #1 poison in our food supply today; Vegetable Oils. Eliminate all soybean, canola, corn, sunflower, safflower, olive, and avocado oils. Other common liver and gallbladder irritants include onions, pepper, and paprika.
Chocolate – There is something about Chocolate that can trigger burning pain in the mid back, try giving it up and see if it helps!
Trigger point pain – Muscles hurt from injury, loss of nerve supply, or injury. This pain can refer to places that are not directly on the muscle. Check out the trigger point pain referral chart to the left here, do any of these match what is going on with your mid back pain?
Trigger point therapy, or good chiropractic care to address the underlying cause of your trigger points can be very useful for this type of mid back pain.
Disc Herniation – potential hidden cause of midback pain can be a disc herniation. A disc herniation or extrusion can cause pain all on its own, and from pressing or pinching the spinal cord or nerves. You need an MRI to conclusively diagnose a disc herniation that causes mid back pain.
Metabolic Toxicity – We have discussed how organs like the liver and gallbladder can refer pain into the midback, but there is another case where the normal metabolic detox mechanisms of the body have broken down, and people have metabolic toxicity – not toxins from outside your body per se, but just the normal toxic byproducts of normal metabolism – that normally get cleared out, but now start to accumulate.
This usually means that your liver’s ability to do the normal two phase metabolic detoxification process has been compromised. One easy way to tell if metabolic toxicity is causing your mid back pain, is to do a 10-day metabolic detox, and see if your mid-back pain improves. This is actually significantly less expensive than the lab testing needed to measure your metabolic detoxification capacity.
Please understand, we are not talking about an unscientific fad detoxification program like the Master Cleanse. The Master Cleanse is missing fundamental nutrients especially for Phase 2 detox. The Master Cleanse typically will give you headaches and flu-like symptomse from the buildup of Phase 1 metabolites.
This is scientifically-based support for the known metabolic detoxification pathways. You can read more about true evidence-based detox here.