Upper back muscle pain is really uncomfortable. It usually comes when I pull a muscle, but no matter how much I flex my back by moving my shoulders forward and back, I still feel the pain.
I normally lie down and wait until the pain subsides. I think back muscle tension whether it be the upper or lower back has to be the most uncomfortable pain.
For tension relief in the lower back, I usually use a heating pad and place it on my lower back. Also, a small amount of muscle rub does the same thing.
It applies heat to the area and begins to relieve the pain. Lower back pain can also be relieved with pain relief medication like Tylenol.
Sometimes even a change of mattress might help with the pain. A coiled mattress offers support to the body and provides the proper alignment that helps to take the pressure off the lower back.
This reduces or may even eliminate the pain over time and allow you to get a more restful sleep. For soft mattresses, Kingsdown is among the best. For firm mattresses Simmons is best, while for memory foam, Tempur-Pedic is excellent.
These mattresses might appear pricy but they usually offer a twenty year warranty that really speaks to the quality of the mattress.