Upper Back Pain

Back Pain Mount Gravatt & Browns Plains, Brisbane


Back pain can be debilitating and can impact all areas of life including work, sport, leisure and day to day activities. Upper back pain, while not as commonly talked about as lower back pain can be just as limiting, resulting in restricted movement and persistent pain.

Causes of Upper Back Pain

There are a number of causes of upper back pain, ranging from poor posture to injury and chronic conditions such as asthma. At The Whole Body Clinic we recognise that different causes of pain require different treatment options to provide effective and ongoing relief.

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Facet Joint Sprains

Your facet joints are small joints on the back part of your vertebrae. They allow many different movements in your spine. Sometimes these joints can become irritated if they are stretched or compressed for long periods of time. This results in restriction of movement and pain which worsens with particular movements and prolonged sitting or standing.

Rib Sprains

Similar to facet joint sprains, rib joints near the vertebrae can be sprained when they move too far. This is usually the case when there is a restriction in the facet joints and spine. Rib sprains can cause sharp, localized pain which may hurt with deep breaths.


Although manual therapy cannot address the lung issues with asthma, At The Whole Body Clinic, we can target the musculoskeletal part of the disease. Loosing off tight muscles including the diaphragm, abdominals and chest muscles while also decreasing joint restrictions in the neck and back will all improve an asthmatics quality of life.

Treatment For Upper Back Pain

Osteopathy can be very effective at treating and managing upper back pain. Whatever the cause of the pain, the soft tissue techniques used will help to reduce muscle tension, pain, and improve circulation to the affected tissues. This will be combined with gentle joint manipulation and articulation techniques to help increase joint range of movement and as needed electrotherapy or dry needling. Personalised education and rehabilitation will help you manage pain and injury in the short and long term.

The Whole Body Clinic offer treatment to residents throughout Brisbane including Mount Gravatt, Park Ridge, Holland Park, Moorooka, Sunnybank, Wishart, Mackenzie, Carindale, Wellers Hill, Greenslopes & Eight Mile Plains. We can assist with all of your upper back symptoms. To see how, please click on our Services.


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