Tips for Taking Care of Your Upper Back

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - A healthy and painless back is an enjoyable life, so it's important to take care of the one we are given, no matter it's current condition. 

News 13's Alex Thorson has this weeks Health Desk report, sponsored by Bay Medical Sacred Heart. 

If you've ever suffered a back injury, you know one thing is true: "once you hurt your back, it's never quite the same again," Gail Harris, a physical therapist at Bay Medical Sacred Heart, said.

Time and time again, we're reminded that our backs depend on our posture.

"If I look down all day long, on my phone, or reading, or at the computer, I need to stop and raise my head and bring it back in to alignment," she said.

Our daily routines can add pain if we ignore it. 

Strengthening your body doesn't have to be expensive, and you don't even have to leave your home. A good tip is to put a small flexible tube into a door, shut it, and pull back with both arms while expanding your shoulder blades.

"If I consciously think about it, I suck in my belly a little bit, and that makes my shoulder blades even feel like they're working harder," Harris said.

Many physicians highly recommend yoga to relieve of pack pain as well. Even just a few stretches in the morning can make your whole day start a little brighter. 

"If you prevent back pain, your life is going to be much happier," Harris said.

If you feel like you've tried it all, and your back still hurts, you may need to see a physical therapist. 

To find out what programs Bay Medical provides, visit: http://www.baymedical.org/services/healthplex-fitness-rehab/rehabilitation-programs/


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