Something hard to work into, and open up something tight.

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    Jan 10, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    My upper back, my left side, I've got tight muscles which feel like they are running under my scapula and into my upper shoulder. It hurts a bit when I bench press and do inclined and shoulder press. But it doesn't hurt when I do declined press. Pec Deck also hurts. So, I'm skipping these things for now while I try to work out the kink and open up the muscles.

    I've tried the foam roller, the tennis ball, and now I'm starting to rub up against hard objects like poles, corners of rooms, tennis balls, door handles in order to work out the tension in my back and shoulder muscles. I'm on the constant look out for something hard to work into, and open up something tight. It feels like I'm making progress. I'm sure it would sound like guitar strings being plucked it it made a noise.

    Help me out guys! I really need to get opened up!

    What do you guys do (short of massage) in order to self-release your muscle tension in your upper back, shoulders, and neck?

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    Jan 10, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    This title is such a tease...
  • cageym

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    Jan 10, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    How about regular massage therapy?
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    Jan 10, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    a serious tease
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    Jan 10, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    I experienced something which felt similar to what you describe for about 3 months last year. I did stretching, foam rollers, tennis balls, etc. - as you mention doing - along with weekly massages, and keeping myself mobile. These all helped to lessen the pain, but it was still there, and in the end I decided to see what a chiropractor could do - I was sceptical, but it was worth a try. Upon examination, he said one of my vertebrae was slightly rotated (also affecting a rib to a minor extent), and he did some manipulations. My back was slightly more sore for a day or so, but then the pain went away completely and my back really eased up. A return visit for a check-up, and the chiro guy said all was well, and that was that. I was happy to pay the £60 fee.

    I partly put the initial pain down to having done a lot of computer work and not being disciplined about taking breaks and staying mobile in the preceding few months - things just seized up. It may also have been related to a bump from a cycling accident a couple of years previously, only rearing is head again because of long periods of sitting at a computer.

    See a chiro is my advice, if a couple of massages don't sort it.
  • sloughwest

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    Jan 10, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    I find meditation, sit in a darkened room with no noise, relaxing will relax the muscles and should then release.

    I used to get trapped nerves in my shoulder and back all the time, relaxing always helps icon_biggrin.gif

    Any other form of making your body relax all over is also good ;-)
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    Jan 10, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    S T R E T C H


    several times a day

    also before, during (after each set), and after working out
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    Tritimium saidI experienced something which felt similar to what you describe for about 3 months last year. I did stretching, foam rollers, tennis balls, etc. - as you mention doing - along with weekly massages, and keeping myself mobile. These all helped to lessen the pain, but it was still there, and in the end I decided to see what a chiropractor could do - I was sceptical, but it was worth a try. Upon examination, he said one of my vertebrae was slightly rotated (also affecting a rib to a minor extent), and he did some manipulations. My back was slightly more sore for a day or so, but then the pain went away completely and my back really eased up. A return visit for a check-up, and the chiro guy said all was well, and that was that. I was happy to pay the £60 fee.

    I partly put the initial pain down to having done a lot of computer work and not being disciplined about taking breaks and staying mobile in the preceding few months - things just seized up. It may also have been related to a bump from a cycling accident a couple of years previously, only rearing is head again because of long periods of sitting at a computer.

    See a chiro is my advice, if a couple of massages don't sort it.


    Hmmmm. Yes. I've done chiro and massage. I'm just being "cheap" even through I have insurance coverage for both. I think you've answered my question. I need to go back to chiro and massage. Thanks!
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    Chainers saidThis title is such a tease...


    What? What do you mean?
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Chainers saidThis title is such a tease...


    What? What do you mean?


    You know exactly what I mean...
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    beachbum310 saida serious tease


    "Tease"? icon_question.gif
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    cageym saidHow about regular massage therapy?


    Yeah, I was trying to avoid the co-pay. I think this is the answer.
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    Its funny that GAMRican is pretending that he doesnt know what we talk about when we all know he is one of the sluttiest people on this site!
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    Chainers said
    GAMRican said
    Chainers saidThis title is such a tease...


    What? What do you mean?


    You know exactly what I mean...


    Tell me. I'm just asking how I can loosen up my tightness. I've tried hard objects to no avail and only temporary satisfaction. From the answers given so far, it looks like I need a human solution to my complaint.

    What are you thinking? icon_question.gif
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Chainers said
    GAMRican said
    Chainers saidThis title is such a tease...


    What? What do you mean?


    You know exactly what I mean...


    Tell me. I'm just asking how I can loosen up my tightness. I've tried hard objects to no avail and only temporary satisfaction. From the answers given so far, it looks like I need a human solution to my complaint.

    What are you thinking? icon_question.gif


    Im sure you can buy a toy in the Castro to loosen yourself out.
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    This topic is less eventful than I had hoped.
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    Young_Sir saidThis topic is less eventful than I had hoped.


    It is distracting everyone from the undying love thread that is for sure!
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Chainers said
    Young_Sir saidThis topic is less eventful than I had hoped.


    It is distracting everyone from the undying love thread that is for sure!


    Ah-ha!!! Another trap!
  • LJay

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    Jan 11, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    I have this simple little massage buzzer gizmo sent as a premium. It is on a string and I can lower it to just the right place between my back and a tall chair. I lean back and the muscle that is cramping gets bombed. Got no idea where you would find one but they must be out there in some pharmacy's collection of massagers.

    Have you tried your vibrating dildo set on Super Screw setting?
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    Oh, I forgot. Follow the buzzer massage with three good drinks and a hot bath.
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    Chainers said
    Young_Sir saidThis topic is less eventful than I had hoped.


    It is distracting everyone from the undying love thread that is for sure!



    Shhhh! Gurl!
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    In all seriousness though, a contoured pillow really can work wonders for your neck, shoulders and upper back. I got one and it makes a big difference.
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    Chainers saidIts funny that GAMRican is pretending that he doesnt know what we talk about when we all know he is one of the sluttiest people on this site!


    I'm all talk no action. I'm actually a monk.
    Nobody here can say that I've ever had sex.
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Chainers saidIts funny that GAMRican is pretending that he doesnt know what we talk about when we all know he is one of the sluttiest people on this site!


    I'm all talk no action. I'm actually a monk.
    Nobody here can say that I've ever had sex.


    Every time you lie God kills a kitten.

    I, personally, hate cats so please keep lying.
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    LJay saidI have this simple little massage buzzer gizmo sent as a premium. It is on a string and I can lower it to just the right place between my back and a tall chair. I lean back and the muscle that is cramping gets bombed. Got no idea where you would find one but they must be out there in some pharmacy's collection of massagers.

    Have you tried your vibrating dildo set on Super Screw setting?


    How did this topic go off track and onto dildoes?