What made my back feel better was a good massage. Unlike a lot of people who suffer from lower back pain, mine hits me in my upper back. My shoulders can hurt so bad that I lose strength in my arms. My arm strength will actually fail me at times if I have to reach out to my side at a height equal to or greater than the height of my shoulder. I could not take the pain any longer, and my medical doctor could not offer any help. I went to a chiropractor in San Jose to see if chiropractic medicine would help me.
When I had X-Rays and an MRI, my MD could only see some arthritis. He said that it was not explaining the extent of my weakness or pain. Chiropractic worked to relieve the pressure on the nerves, and that is what made a difference for me. My upper back is so bad that I am starting to develop a hunched over shape to my posture. I can actually move my upper back and shoulders forward and cause the pulse in my wrist to get very weak. You can feel it pound normally when I pull myself fully upright. Then, when I relax to ease the upper back pain, the pulse diminishes in strength. It is obvious that my posture is slowing the blood supply to my arms and hands, and this could explain the weakness in the muscles when I try to work with my arms raised.
It took a series of visits and some specific types of adjustments and exercises, but I am regaining a more normal posture. As I get my normal posture back, the pain is easing up more and more. Also, I can work with my arms raised for a longer period of time now.