Muscle Tension in Neck and Back

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    Jan 04, 2008 6:35 AM GMT
    As long as I go to the hut tub at my gym everyday, I feel fine. I usually soak for 10 minutes or so after every workout (even on cardio-only days) and I am pretty much at the gym everyday at least for 30 minutes...

    But, when I skip a day- just one day of soaking in the hut tub- I get neck and back tension that is horrible. I also suffer from headaches when I do not get my relaxation in...

    Any suggestions?


    Joe
  • auryn

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    Jan 04, 2008 6:01 PM GMT
    Do you take time to stretch?

    Also, perhaps invest in hot pad or take a nice soak in the the tub when you get home, and get a good massage to help your body heal. If you can't afford frequent professional massages, look to see if there are any massage schools near you. Students are always looking for bodies and will give you decent body work for free while they are in school.
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    Jan 05, 2008 6:16 PM GMT
    I do stretch quite a bit. My back, neck, arms and legs. Also, I've been stretching my abs lately as well- hoping that will help.

    Weekly massages would be nice, but not affordable at the moment...

    Thanks for the reply.


    Joe
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    Jan 05, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    Do you work at a PC during the day? Might be worth getting an ergonomic assessment of your workstation, if your company offers that. I used to get a very sore neck and shoulders when I sat at a desk, but repositioning my monitor, keyboard, adjusting chair height etc helped.

    Using a laptop is even worse.
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    Jan 07, 2008 1:50 PM GMT
    I don't work at a computer however I do use a laptop at home quite a bit...

    And, I just realized that I do not have great posture as I write this reply...

    I need a new desk chair for sure!

    Thanks,


    Joe
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    Jan 07, 2008 2:37 PM GMT
    The other thing I discovered - and I don't know if this applies to you or not - is that my shoulder/upper back muscles were incredibly weak. My trainer started working on these and it has started to make a big difference.
  • Kevin82

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    Feb 22, 2008 1:41 AM GMT
    Recognizing bad posture and correcting it is key. Lots of people suffer from upper back tension, the upper traps in particular. If you find that your tension is coming from there I would make a bet that your lower traps are being overstretched and weakend. If you go on youtube and type in lower trapezius exercise you will find a few good ones. Balancing out your musculature is extremely important and will reduce your tension. There are several reasons why this could be happening to you and it is hard to tell without haveing you infront of me.

    Hope that helps.