Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cause of middle back pain?

Mid-back pain is usually caused when spinal bones, called vertebrae, misalign. A doctor of chiropractic can locate these misaligned vertebrae and perform a chiropractic adjustment to restore proper alignment.

Should I see a chiropractor for mid-back pain?

Chiropractors are spinal experts. They treat patients with mid back pain every day.

How do you treat mid-thoracic back pain?

Mid-back pain is usually treated with chiropractic care, spinal stretches, and home exercises. It is important to understand the cause of your mid back pain in order to create the appropriate care plan.

What can be done for middle back pain?

Middle back pain is effectively treated with chiropractic care. Your doctor of chiropractic will perform a spinal exam and X-rays in order to determine the cause of your middle back pain.

How do I know if I need a spinal adjustment?

The best way to determine if you need a spinal adjustment is to see a doctor of chiropractic. Your chiropractor will perform a spinal exam and spinal x-rays to determine if you are a candidate for chiropractic care.


Welcome back, everybody. This is Dr. Aaron with The Chiropractic Place here in Redding, California. We are doing our three-part series on the spine, trying to explain it so that people can understand why the spine is so important and why chiropractors are passionate about making sure that their patients have their spines checked on a regular basis. Last week, we did a video about the neck and all of the areas of your body that are regulated by the nerves that come out of your neck, and this week we're going to talk about chiropractic care and the mid-back. So we have 12 bones in our mid back, what we call T-1 through T-12. So these bones have nerves that exit out at every spinal level, and it's helpful for people to understand where those nerves go. What do those nerves control and regulate? Because our nervous system controls and regulates everything our body does, and our spine is the armor that protects our nervous system, it keeps it safe. So when chiropractors introduce a chiropractic adjustment to your spine, they're trying to restore motion, get that spine moving properly, so we can take pressure off your nerve system, so your nerve system can govern your body properly.

Let's take a look at these areas. So here at T-1, we have nerves that go to our arms, control wrists, elbows, and shoulders. We have nerves that control the trachea for breathing and control the esophagus, which helps us swallow. At T-2, we have nerves that come out of this area that go to the heart into the coronary arteries. Those blood vessels supply the heart muscle when people have heart attacks. It's common for the coronary arteries to have plaque, so having proper nerve flow to these areas of your body can help improve your health and the function of what goes on there. So at T-3, lungs, chest, and breast tissue, really good for people who struggle with asthma to have this area of their upper back adjusted regularly because the nerves from this area can help open the bronchi of the lungs, which is what is affected when you're having an asthma attack, the bronchi constrict. It's hard for air to get in there, so having these areas checked when you're an asthmatic can be very helpful to keep the bronchi open and functioning properly. T-4 goes to the gallbladder, right? The gallbladder helps us digest and emulsify fat in our diet. It's a very important organ for us, and it is very helpful to have this area looked at. T-5, this one goes to the stomach, to the liver, to our solar plexus.

T-6 goes to the stomach. People having reflux issues, maybe digestive discomfort, this is a great thing to have them analyzed in their mid-back because, again, stomach here, we have stomach here at T-7, it goes to our pancreas, our pancreas helps produce insulin. Digestive enzymes that help us break our food down go to the duodenum, part of our small intestine. Where after the food goes through our stomach, it enters into the duodenum, and further digestion occurs, so having these things function properly helps us take in nutrients properly. T-8 goes to our spleen and T-9 to the adrenal glands. A lot of things people have heard about today is adrenal fatigue. They're constantly in a stress state, so having that T9 checked helps balance what's going on with the adrenal glands and keeps them functioning at their best level when they're going through times of stress.

T-10 controls our kidneys, right? Our kidneys filter our blood. They play a big role in blood pressure and making sure, filtering out toxins and impurities. Kidneys and uterus at T-11 and T-12, we get innovation to and nerve flow and nerve supply to our small intestines and to some of our... Part of our lymphatic system, which helps circulate our immune system throughout our body so that you can see here, that's a lot of information we just covered, and that's just one region of the body, that's just the mid back, we still have the neck that we talked about last week, we have the low back and pelvis, which we'll touch on next week, but man, what a lot of things that are controlled by these nerves that come out of your mid back, so you can see why, when you go to your chiropractor, you may not experience pain in your mid back, but, 'Why? Hey, why is my chiropractor adjusting my mid-back if my pain is in my low back?

It's because your chiropractor, number one, wants to be thorough, and number two when they're providing your chiropractic care, it's not based on your symptoms. We are looking for areas where there's dysfunction. Maybe you have pain there, maybe you don't, but you do have nerve flow that comes out of these areas 100% of the time. So my job as a chiropractor is to make sure that that spine is functioning properly, regardless if you have pain so that your nerve system can govern your body at 100%. I'm Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place. Stay tuned for next week. We'll do a video on chiropractic and the low back.

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