Understanding Middle Back Pain At Motion Health Centre

Healthy mid back function occurs when all the muscles, joints, and kinematic chain work in balance, alignment and coordination. Gain knowledge on common middle thoracic pain problems and how the neck normally works.

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Is your work suffering because of mid or upper back pain?

Shoulder pain can hit you for six, especially if you’re usually active, or play sports that require full range of motion of the arms. Motion Health Centre and our expert Sports Chiropractors and Trigenics Practitioners, have the experience and ability to offer quality treatment on this region of the body; in the Sydney CBD.

Our practitioners look at your body as a whole system. We holistically take in to account other possibilities that could be causing your shoulder issues. Knowledgeable Sports and Trigenics® Chiropractors at Motion Health Centre provide a complete approach to effective and long lasting shoulder pain relief, that focuses on the real causes of your pain, not just the symptoms.

What to Know About Mid Back Pain and Dysfunction

If you have a stiff or sore shoulder, upper arm pain or problem, learn more about signs, symptoms and shoulder pain causes and common shoulder injuries below.

Be sure to find out how a healthy shoulder should function, what a complete exam should involve and how to get shoulder pain relief.  

Healthy Mid Back Function

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Common Signs, Symptoms and Causes of Mid Back Pain

At Motion Health Centre, patients with chronic Hip pain commonly present with the following symptoms:

Although common, hip pain is often confusing because there are so many different causes. Some of the causes can include; injuries, overuse, strenuous sport training, arthritis, misalignment, or rotation of the hip. As there are so many underlying causes, it’s important to have an expert practitioner such as ours at Motion Health Centre – diagnose for the right treatment.

Signs Your Mid Back is Unhealthy and Not Functioning at Its Best:

  • Inability to walk properly
  • Decrease mobility or not able to bend at the hip
  • Difficulty with certain yoga/flexibility positions like pigeon
  • Inability to squat, lunge or bend over effectively
  • Weakness in the hip
  • Deformity on X-ray imaging indicating stress and degeneration

Symptoms of Mid Back Pain

  • Inability to walk properly
  • Decrease mobility or not able to bend at the hip
  • Difficulty with certain yoga/flexibility positions like pigeon
  • Inability to squat, lunge or bend over effectively
  • Weakness in the hip
  • Deformity on X-ray imaging indicating stress and degeneration

Causes of Mid Back Pain

Hip pain can be a debilitating experience, impacting life significantly. If you are suffering from hip pain, book a thorough examination with one of our experts of the spine, muscle and nervous system function. Our Sports Chiropractors and Trigenics® Muscle Neurology Practitioners at Motion Health Centre will help you shake your hips with joy – at better mobility and decreased pain.

All you need to know about natural mid back pain relief and improved function at Motion Health Centre

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Common Mid Back Pain Conditions

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Mechanical mid back conditions, also known as thoracic spine issues, are common musculoskeletal problems that affect the middle region of the spine, causing discomfort and restricted movement in the upper back.


Disc and referral midback conditions refer to abnormalities and irritations of the intervertebral discs and nerves that can cause pain, tingling, and other symptoms in the middle region of the spine, often radiating to other areas of the body.


Other midback conditions include but are not limited to structural abnormalities, congenital disorders, inflammatory conditions, trauma-related injuries, and certain medical conditions that can impact the middle region of the spine, causing various symptoms and impairments.


Functional midback conditions encompass a range of musculoskeletal issues that impact the middle region of the spine, resulting in impaired mobility, pain, and limited functional ability.

Mid Back Anatomy

Skeletal Anatomy of Mid Back

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The mid back, also known as the thoracic region of the spine, is home to the skeletal anatomy that provides structure and support to this area of the body. The thoracic spine consists of twelve vertebrae numbered from T1 to T12. These vertebrae become progressively larger from top to bottom, with the lower ones being thicker and stronger. The mid back plays a crucial role in connecting the neck and the lower back, forming a stable and protective framework for the rib cage and internal organs.

Each thoracic vertebra has a unique structure that distinguishes it from the other regions of the spine. They feature facets on their sides that articulate with the ribs, forming the costovertebral joints. These joints provide stability and allow limited motion in the mid back while protecting the vital organs. Additionally, the thoracic vertebrae have long spinous processes that can be felt as the bony protrusions when palpating the mid back. These processes provide attachment sites for muscles, ligaments, and tendons, supporting posture, movement, and overall spinal stability.

The thoracic spine is designed to provide protection and stability rather than significant mobility compared to other regions of the spine. Its skeletal anatomy, with a natural curvature known as kyphosis, helps maintain an upright posture and distribute forces evenly from the upper body to the hips. The shape and structure of the mid back also allow for deep and controlled breathing by providing a stable base for the attachment of the rib cage and the muscles involved in respiration. Understanding the skeletal anatomy of the mid back is essential for healthcare professionals in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting this region, as it helps them identify which specific vertebrae, joints, or structures may be involved in a patient's symptoms or issues. By understanding the intricate skeletal framework of the mid back, healthcare providers can develop targeted treatment plans to address concerns and restore function to this crucial area of the spine.

Muscle Anatomy of Mid Back 

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The muscular anatomy of the mid back, also known as the thoracic region, comprises several key muscles that play important roles in supporting posture, facilitating movement, and protecting the spine. The muscles in this region include the rhomboids, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, and erector spinae.

The rhomboids are a pair of muscles located between the shoulder blades. They retract and stabilize the scapulae, helping to maintain proper posture and control movements of the upper back. The trapezius muscle spans from the neck to the mid back and is responsible for movements such as shrugging the shoulders and retracting the scapulae.

The latissimus dorsi, commonly known as the lats, is a large muscle that originates from the mid back and extends towards the lower back. It plays a vital role in movements such as pulling the arms downward and backward and contributes to overall strength and stability in the mid back. The erector spinae muscles run parallel to the spine and provide support and control for spinal extension. They play a crucial role in maintaining an upright posture and assisting in movements such as bending backward or lifting heavy objects.

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Motion Health Centre’s Mid Back Pain Recovery Program

At Motion Health Centre, we take a “holistic” approach to the assessment and management of your mid back issues. Not only do we aim to free you from pain, we also help you enjoy health and motion to your fullest potential, with long term results.

Benefits of our Program

  • Be free from pain, aches, tingling and numbness
  • Return to a good night’s sleep
  • Bend your back with great ease
  • Improve concentration at your workstation and computer
  • Learn 4 critical lessons you need to know about spinal hygiene
  • Get a head start back to optimal posture

The Mid Back Pain Recovery Program includes:

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    Provide a comprehensive exam of your spine, muscle and nervous system function. Refer for other imaging if necessary
  2. 2
    Review your pillow and sleeping positions
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    Review your workstation and sitting position
  4. 4
    Devise a plan of action with clear goals for fast relief, correction and prevention
  5. 5
    Deliver safe and effective natural Sports Chiropractic Care
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    Myo-neuro muscle balance correction using Trigenics®
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    Provide effective neck and spinal corrective exercises and devices
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    Advice for Natural anti-inflammatory and wellbeing solutions
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    Take an evidenced informed approach
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    Always deliver a friendly, caring and convenient service

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