I’ve been having some pretty back neck and shoulder pain for quite a few years. I’ve talked to doctors and tried massage therapy, and apparently when I get stressed I hold all my tension in my upper spine area. I’m able to relax when I consciously think about it, but years of training has turned my shoulders into rock solid knots. Has anybody else had any problems with this before?
I have had the same kind of issues a couple of years ago with my back and my neck when I worked under physical and emotional pressure.
Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to left this work for a complete lifestyle change, and after 1 or 2 years, all the things that medication was unable to treat at the root were just gone.
I have no idea what is stressing you and I think you should identify it precisely at first.
I know you said you tried massage therapy. I’m training to be a massage therapist in Canada… and it’s really not a well-regulated profession, especially in the states. You may have seen a massage therapist that didn’t really know what they were doing. Trigger-point therapy would probably help you a lot (it is quite painful though, just so you know) and acupuncture might help too. Overall though, if your pain is caused by stress, it’s the stress you need to tackle. Everything else is just a band-aid to cover the symptoms of the stress, not actually changing the cause of the pain itself. I wish you the best of luck with your pain and I hope you can find ways to reduce the impact your stressful life has on your body <3
@Elise, I’ve never heard of trigger-point therapy, though I’ve always been interested in acupuncture. I know getting a new job would help with the stress, with the economy around here I kinda have to take what I can get though :(
@Taras, Ohh man I wish I had a bathtub instead of a little shower stall
Trigger point is more of a terminology that massage therapists use within the profession; it’s not widely known by the general public as anything more than “deep tissue work”, if that. It’s basically the science of destroying muscle spasm and “knots”. hahah. :P
And I know what you mean with the whole job thing. I work at a sub-shop. blarg.. not a fan… but money=freedom, so you gotta do what you gotta do.
Gotta learn to chill even when workin hard. Do some meditation.
Also read up on trigger points. My friend is a great martial artist n hes fixed my tension problems completely with very little effort. Find the trigger point n press it while stretchin the muscle then rub it with a ice cube.
You gotta get exercise too. If you have muscle inbalance you will be tense no matter what cuz your body keeps tensing up to keep your posture from ruining your spine. If you got bad circulation due to lack of cardio n stretchin then you will get knots no matter what cuz thats what happens to your body when it doesnt get enough blood/oxygen/water.
Do the hot n cold water treatment, get massage often n get plenty of exercise n sleep. Also cut out inflammatory foods like grains n tubers n hydrogenated oils from your diet. If your body cracks n pops then you got inflammations n its probly caused by bad food.
If you smoke you gotta stop that too. (occasional weed is ok tho but frequent use of weed or tobacco gotta go.)