As a nursing mother, there is so much to juggle in the first few months after giving birth. Sleepless nights, diaper changes, finding a good nanny or maid, hosting visitors and guests are a few of the things to contend with externally. Internally and often neglected are the body pains and musculoskeletal dysfunction your body may be experiencing.
The most common type of pain mothers experience occur in in the upper back, neck and shoulder. Though these three body parts are located close to each other, pain or dysfunction in them can occur separately or at the same time. If left unattended to, pain in one area can spread to another. For instance, a mother struggling with upper back pain may develop neck pain if she does not manage the upper back pain properly.
Upper back pain: It usually extends from the upper spine around the thoracic level upwards towards the base of the neck. There may even be palpable knots around the shoulder blades and muscles. It typically occurs as a result of imbalance in the muscles because the shoulders roll forward and shorten the chest wall while the upper back muscles lengthen and become weak.