*Chronic* rhomboid and upper back pain

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    Jul 22, 2013 8:07 PM GMT
    I'm fairly new to weight-lifting and for the first time in my life I've managed put on some real muscle in my arms, shoulders, and upper back. But, I think I may not be doing the necessary stretching to stay loose, cause my back keeps going out on a regular basis. The trigger point seems to be the rhomboids and where they attach to the perispinal muscles (lat pulls tend to aggravate things the most, especially when my arm is in that 90 degree plane).

    Anyone suffer the same, and if so, are there any stretches you've found effective? What about using lighter weights at higher reps, etc?

  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 22, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
    keep working out ... it'll pass ... you muscles are just screaming from lack of use ... they'll get over it
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    Jul 22, 2013 9:33 PM GMT
    Stretching can aggravate problems because it's too easy to over stretch, so be careful with stretching. And regardless, there's no proof that it does anything useful. But I still do leg stretches after running and cycling, so whatever.
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    Jul 23, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    I don't know, light stretching seems to help a little. But yeah I'm definitely not letting it slow me down. Been there, done that.

    What about stuff for posture. I almost feel like I need something that'd help set my shoulders/hold them back a little. There anything like that you could get at a med equipment store?
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    Jul 23, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    Anyone who says stretching doesn't help, most likely doesn't work out.
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    Jul 25, 2013 2:02 PM GMT
    Have it checked out by a physio or doctor - at least. No amount of vanity is worth a serious injury. A physio specializing in sports injuries may even be able to give you good, alternative exercises to try without you having to suffer from a bad back in your old age. For all that you know you may have a misaligned spine.

  • mybud

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    Jul 25, 2013 2:31 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidAnyone who says stretching doesn't help, most likely doesn't work out.
    I totally agree..