The Causes of Body Stress in The Upper Back

STRUCTURES

There are twelve thoracic (or dorsal) vertebrae in this area, with twelve pairs of ribs forming the rib cage which contains the heart and lungs. At the front of the body the upper ten ribs are attached to the sternum or breast bone by means of cartilage. Below the ribs, the large diaphragm muscle has attachments to the sternum, the lower ribs and the vertebrae of the lower spine. The diaphragm is involved in breathing.

At the back, the flat shoulder blade bones are positioned over the ribs. The spinal nerves exit from the spinal cord through openings between the vertebrae, and supply the skin and muscles of the back and chest. They also have branches going internally to the heart and respiratory system.

CAUSES OF BODY STRESS

The chest and back areas may be strained by working in a hunched or twisted posture, e.g. bending over a sewing machine, doing woodwork, etc. Body stress may be caused by lifting heavy objects or by holding something up for a long time.

Body stress may also occur as a painful spasm of the diaphragm muscle. Besides the mechanical causes mentioned above, the cause may be emotional tension, such as shock or anxiety, e.g. the typical "butterflies in the stomach" feeling. In addition the cause may be chemical, e.g. irritation from eating or drinking something spicy, acid or very cold. In addition, if there is body stress in the lower back, it may be referred into the muscles of the chest and upper back.

THE EFFECTS OF BODY STRESS

There may be a mild, nagging ache in the upper back between the shoulder blades, or possibly a persistent itching. The body stress may also manifest as a severe stabbing pain in this area, or in the chest. The pain is worsened by deep breathing.

Body stress in the diaphragm muscle may result in indigestion or heartburn, or a feeling of breathlessness.

Body stress in the mid and upper back may have an impact on the nerve supply to various internal organs, such as heart, lungs, kidney and bladder, and may interfere with normal function.

ADVICE TO MINIMISE STRESS TO THE MID AND UPPER BACK

Do not remain working in a hunched or twisted posture for any lengthy period. Take frequent breaks or change position.

In heavy lifting the object should be held close to the body.

Do not carry heavy objects without assistance.

Avoid foods and drinks which tend to cause indigestion or heartburn, and certain food combinations which cause bloating and pressure in the diaphragm area.

TRUE CASES

Every few months a four year old girl would wake up in the night with severe stomach pain.

On each occasion she was rushed to hospital but all tests were negative. After a few hours the pain would ease. The BSR assessment showed body stress in the lower rib and diaphragm areas. Questioning the mother revealed that the little girl at times requested iced fruit juice before going to sleep. The problem did not recur as the mother withheld the iced drinks.

After cutting his lawn with a heavy mower, a 40 year old man experienced sudden severe chest pain and breathlessness. The condition continued for two weeks, although medical tests were all negative. After body stress was released in the sternum and rib area the pain withdrew and did not recur.

After recovering from a bout of bronchitis, a woman in her forties experienced continual upper back and chest pain for three weeks. Body stress in the muscles between the ribs was released and all pain withdrew.
To Whom It May Concern

I met Michelle during her training and practical session at the Body Stress Release academy here in the Wilderness.

She treated me 4 times over a period of 2 weeks and despite the fact that I went into the whole procedure somewhat sceptical, I was at first pleasantly surprised, that then extremely happy with the relief I got from the chronic knee and ankle pains I have experienced for years.

I can strongly recommend BSR to anyone – and I congratulate Michelle on her grasp and understanding of the whole technique. I wish her success in this new and exciting venture for herself.

Sincerely,

Michael E. Millard
Dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for all your help during the period before and after my foot operation. I have found that BSR made a tremendous difference to my recovery and pain management before and after.

I really appreciate your commitment in helping me and would not have coped without the treatments.


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Dr Audrey
“Thank you Michelle for the great BSR sessions. I have had numerous Physiotherapy sessions for my neck in the last few years with very little pain relief and for very short periods. Since my BSR sessions I have not looked back !!! The pain and never ending stiffness has gone and even the headaches have disappeared. I know maintenance sessions are essential for continued healing so I will definitely book sessions on my next visit to SA.”
Tania G.. Dubai
“I battled with whiplash for a long time. It was not until I was introduced to Body Stress Release that I finally found relief from the tension in my neck and shoulders. The technique used in BSR is very gentle, non invasive and relaxing. I continue to have maintenance sessions with Michelle who has always been very professional and knowledgeable. Thank you Michelle for the experience of BSR and its healing process.“
Natalie Holme – Muldersdrift
“Dear Michelle,
Thank you so much for all you have done to help me with both my back problems and headaches!
My headaches are less severe now….when I get one. These used to come every 2nd week and last 4 to 5 days, now I get one only when very stressed and they only last a night and I can sleep them off with only taking 2 pain killers instead of the 8 a day I used to take!
My back has never seized again, must be from my monthly “maintenance” sessions with you!
Thank you once again for not only helping me to heal, but helping me cope with my day to day life.
Many thanks again
Your ever grateful headache free patient”

Eve Mc Luckie
My aching leg pain is gone !! That draining, constant pain is no longer … BSR has definitely made a difference in my life, and my work as I stand a lot on some days… I will be back for my regular maintenance sessions as discussed, thank you Michelle, the impact BSR has had for me is such a relief.
Bev P.
Dear Michelle
As a 26 year old, newly married young lady, I was not happy to have been diagnosed with a problem with my aesophagus, and that there was little that could be done for me… my diet had to be changed along with my lifestyle in major ways. However after my sessions of BSR, I am feeling much “lighter” and better able to cope with my digestive issues. The future does look much brighter.

Kind Regards Lizanne L R.
Ek is 58 jaar en werk voldag by ‘n dokter se praktyk. Ek het vir ongeveer 2 jaar lae rug pyn, wat ek aan my lang werksure toeskryf. Laas jaar het die pyn baie erg begin word, en ek het kruppel begin loop a.g.v van die regter been wat lam begin word het. Ek kon nie meer uit ‘n stoel opstaan nie, en ook nie in die nag omdraai in die bed nie. Dit was baie pynlik. My dokter het my vir x-strale gestuur wat gewys het dat my derde en vierde rugwerwel geskuif het en dit druk ‘n senuwee vas. Ek was na ‘n spesialis verwys wat ‘n rug operasie aanbeveel het a.g.v die drukking op die senuwee. My man het vir Michelle ontmoet, wat toe dadelik ‘n afspraak gereel het. Na die eerste sessie het ek nie veel geloof in BSR gehad nie. Ek wou ‘n vinnige oplossing he. My man het my aangemoedig on terug te gaan. Ek is toe vir 5 sessies elke tweede week. Ek het elke keer teruggegaan en begin om minder pyn pille te drink. Sy het my ook geleer om nie my rug te veel onder spanning to sit nie. Die posisie waarin ek sit is ook aangepas. Dit het toe elke keer beter begin gaan. In November laasjaar het ek besluit om die pyn pille heeltemal te los, en net vir BSR te gaan. Toe gebeur dit!! Dit het met elk sessie beter begin gaan. Ek kon self opstaan, en het heeltemal normaal begin loop. Ek volg haar raad om my rug in stand te hou en gaan nou elke ses weke vir ‘n sessie . Dit is wonderlik om geen pyn te he nie en ‘n goeie kwaliteit lewe te lei, en dit sonder ‘n operasie.
Ria O.

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Michelle Lottering has been a Body Stress Release practitioner since 2013. Helping people to discover the amazing power of BSR is her passion.
She is a member of Body Stress Release South Africa

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