What Causes Muscle Strain and Muscle Pain in Your Back?

If our muscles get out of balance – some too tense or tight, and others too loose or flacid – it is easy to have muscle strain.

Here is an example.  You may recognize this pain that lots of us experience:  The one on your back, between your spine and your shoulder blade.  If you are right-handed, it will be on your right side.

It feels like a knot, and almost feels like it is burning.  Do you know that pain?

Here is what happened.  The muscles in the front of your body, chest and arm, and probably your neck, become shorter and tighter.  This occurs because most of the time we hold our heads our arms in front of our bodies.   That makes the muscles in front become tight.

Unless you work to strengthen your back muscles, your tighter, stronger front muscles will win the body war.  They will make your body shorter in front and these shortened muscles will “pull” on the weaker muscles in your back.

Your back muscles are getting stretched because they are not as strong as your front muscles.  Your back muscles go into a type of contraction, or spasm, to keep from being damaged by further stretching.  The stretching strains the back muscles.

You feel the contraction as pain or burning.  Your body is complaining.  It says, “Please fix me!”

So, when an area is stretched for a long time, or overstretched, the result is muscle strain.

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Does Your Back Cause Your Headache Or Migraine?

When your head starts hurting, do you ever think about your back?

Do you wonder why your head is hurting?  Do you notice that your back aches, or feels tight, at or around the same time?  Are your shoulders tight, too?

Here’s how it works, in a nutshell.  If we get out of balance – if our posture gets out of neutral – then our back will start to complain.  If we are doing some form of poor posture, like slouching, our back won’t like it.  It gets overstretched.  The muscles in our back will then get tight, or contract, to keep from becoming way too overstretched.

Since our body is all one unit, when one area is tight it will pull on other areas.  When the tight back muscles pull on our shoulders, the shoulder muscles get tight, too.  And guess where the shoulders and back muscles pull?  Why, on your neck and head, of course.

And then you have a headache.

There is a simple solution to all of this.  All you have to do is correct your posture so you don’t get back strain or headaches.

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