Very often I get questions such as “Can Upper Back Tension cause headaches?”.

As muscles in the upper back become strained, they tighten and put pressure on the neck and skull. Tension from a pulled muscle can exacerbate the pain of a headache. These headaches may be impossible to resolve completely without first addressing the underlying back problem. And the biggest influencer of this kind of pain is stress. Stress affects the body in a variety of ways, from mood swings and headaches to weight fluctuations. However, an often-overlooked side effect of stress is neck and back pain. Over time, repetitive bouts of stress can cause musculoskeletal issues in these regions of the body.

While many doctors think that many chronic tension headaches develop for no apparent reason I would still repeat that it is due to stress or inability to stay calm during stressful situations. Our body simply tries to defend the most important organs for life which is lungs and hurt and caves in by sending shoulders forward. In most cases, upper back pain is not a cause for worry; however, it can be uncomfortable, painful, and inconvenient. Furthermore, if pain develops suddenly and is severe—such as from an injury (eg, fall)—and, certainly if pain and symptoms (eg, weakness) progressively worsen you should seek medical attention.

Reasonably, you might ask yourself – what could be done to relieve tension headaches and upper back tension?

Try some of the following:

  1. Manage your stress level. One way to help reduce stress is by planning ahead and organizing your day.
  2. Go hot or cold. Applying heat or ice — whichever you prefer — to sore muscles may ease a tension headache.
  3. Perfect your posture. Good posture can help keep your muscles from tensing. The video that I did for you is perfect for upper back. These gentle stretches will help to ease the pain. Start gently and don’t push

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