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Dear Internet [Sep. 5th, 2007|01:20 pm]
Lanette
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I have hurt my supraspinatus muscle on the right side near my neck during the move. This is a muscle at the top of your shoulder. I hurt it by lifting items that were too heavy to carry and now it's been hurting for 2 weeks. I can't seem to get it to stop cramping up and it's making my fingers feel funny. Any ideas for stretches or any way I can get it to chill out? I'm almost certain it's just an angry and strained muscle, but still it is annoying.

I know, I know, I need to just go get a massage to help, but right now I can't (no time, very low funds). Craig did rub it for me and he can feel a knot in it, but it wouldn't budge. Need advice and workarounds if possible.
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[User Picture]From: prairieflower
2007-09-05 08:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe try dropping the shoulder and tilting your head to the opposite shoulder? Alternating ice and heat could help, too.

Feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-05 08:25 pm (UTC)
That stretch does feel good, but can't reach the angry muscle as it is lower on the shoulder. It's at the very top of the shoulder near the spine, but not on my neck (so moving my neck doesn't seem to really get it).
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[User Picture]From: prairieflower
2007-09-05 08:57 pm (UTC)
What about sort of rolling the shoulders forward, almost like you would to dive, but without putting your head down? Does that make sense?

I looked at an anatomical diagram, and that stretch is my closest guess.

Maybe when you're home, a nice, hot soak will help.

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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-05 09:02 pm (UTC)
Yes! That up and around motion with my arm out front causes some weird movement and clicking type stuff, so I know it's moving the right area. I'll experiment with that.
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[User Picture]From: prairieflower
2007-09-05 09:16 pm (UTC)
Just be careful! I hurt my shoulder a couple years ago, and it was miserable. :( I hope yours is nowhere near as bad, and that you recover way faster.

Maybe when you stretch like that, you can have Craig gently massage the area while you're stretched. It could help work out the knot some.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2007-09-05 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'll ask my trainer when I see her tomorrow! She knows more about knees (one of the reasons I see her), but she might have ideas on necks!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-05 08:40 pm (UTC)
Awesome! This is right at the top of my shoulder or the bottom of my neck (sort of where they attach I guess). It is good to KNOW that it's a muscle injury, so those usually heal up really well. Just a stretch I could do might really help. I did some google searches and tried every shoulder stretch I found so far, but none of them got to it.
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[User Picture]From: enchant
2007-09-05 08:55 pm (UTC)
atlanta has atlanta school of massage, and they either do free or discounted massages. You might look into if there are any massage schools where you live

(hugs) and rubs

Thompson
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-05 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That is a good idea. I know of one in my area, it's just a matter of what hours they have.
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[User Picture]From: enchant
2007-09-05 09:05 pm (UTC)
you might be able to take time from work to get it done, as it is a medical need, or schedule a longer lunch.

good luck!

*more hugs*

The Thompson
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-05 09:07 pm (UTC)
I might be able to work from home if it's still an issue next week. I know I can't this week (too many meetings).
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2007-09-06 02:58 pm (UTC)
I did something similar and had similar pain a little lower in my spine (nearer to my shoulderblade) for MONTHS. I went to the doctor: he said massage, ben gay and muscle relaxers. Nothing. I went to physical therapy: stretching, massage, electro-whatever therapy: nothing. I finally saw a chiropractor.

What he found was that I had a RIB popped out of place where it connected to the spine from where I had lifted something entirely too heavy for me. He pushed it back into place a few times, had me do back/neck/shoulder exercises to strengthen the muscles, and things are now GREAT.

So, if all else fails, consider going to a chiropractor. I spent MONTHS in pain, to finally have the chiropractor fix it in a matter of weeks. (Really, it was fixed after the first time, but the adjustments each week felt great...) I'd never been to a chiropractor before, and was very leery... but it was AWESOME!
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