Although somewhat uncommon, upper back pain can cause serious discomfort for both athletes and non-athletes. The upper back, also known as the thoracic spine, spans from the base of the neck to just below the ribcage.
Upper back injuries are unusual because this area, in general, remains relatively stationary, even during physical activity. The upper back’s main anatomical purpose is to provide structural support for the neck, spine, and ribcage, so the more rigid and immobile, the better. However, when the muscles or tissue in the upper back are torn, strained, or damaged, people often report stiffness, numbness, spasms, pain when straightening the back, pain when breathing, or pain that “radiates” to the neck, shoulders, or arms.
Upper back discomfort is usually caused by improper technique or sudden twisting or bending, usually by overstretching or overextending the back muscles during intense physical activity, such as weightlifting, obstacle-course racing, and volleyball. But it can also stem from poor posture, which is why pain in the upper back is equally as common in people who sit most of the day and frequent users of computers and handheld devices.
The RapidForce® X Shape is designed to help reduce pain in the upper back, especially those stemming from muscle strains or minor tissue damage. The X Shape has a central core that adheres to the skin directly above the spine “adjacent” to pain point, and the four arms are stretched outwards, stabilizing the injury site and creating a support system for the muscle, tissue, ligaments, and tendons. The X Shape is also designed to gently lift the upper layers of skin, which is intended to create more subcutaneous space for blood, oxygen, and healing fluids to reach the injury site.
RapidForce® Shapes are unlike any other pain-relief product on the market today. Each Shape’s patented design was carefully developed and perfected by a team of physical therapists, athletic trainers, engineers, and an ultrasound technician who sought to create a product that supports the muscles and helps relieve pain caused by muscle, tendon, joint, and ligament injuries. RapidForce® Shapes are used by athletes at all levels, including professional athletes, semi-pro athletes, and people who lead or want to lead an active lifestyle.
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Disclaimer: Please see your medical professional with any kind of pain. Pain could be an indication of a serious condition. RapidForce® Shapes are not meant to replace professional medical advice, professional treatment, or a professional treatment plan.