Thursday, March 25, 2010

Back pain breakthrough

Over the last couple weeks, I've been getting horrible pain in my mid-back. It starts around 5:00am, and keeps me from falling back to sleep. During the day, I'm fine.

I've tried a number of different things, but last night I tested a theory that my ribs were pushing my thoracic vertebrae and causing discomfort (A in figure). So I used an extra pillow to put my shoulder on to keep my ribs slightly elevated (B in figure).

I woke up with no pain at all! I'll try it again tonight.


  1. I agree. Choosing the 'right' pillow is just as important to back comfort as the right mattress.

  2. See.... You need a nice pillow-top mattress. The pillow-top provides that exact support.

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  5. Post script: I went to a physiotherapist, and they said my thoracic spine was too tight, gave me a handful of stretches and exercises, and told me to come back ONLY if I felt it was necessary. I've never heard THAT for a chiropractor. Hmmm...