Thursday, February 14, 2013
This afternoon I went for a shoulder massage as I have been getting pains in my shoulders and back for a couple of months. After being pummelled and generally prodded about (admittedly with soothing music in the background and nice smelling oil) I did feel as if I'd felt somethings move and improve. However, when I went back out of the massage room to speak to my masseuse she had some advice to give me.
It turns out I have a LOT of tension in my shoulders. I kind of knew I got this a lot but I had no idea how much. It was a bit scary actually - she seemed fairly concerned for my well-being and whilst this is reassuring (she clearly knew what she was doing and talking about) it is also a little alarming as I didn't realise the extent of my problem. All of which doesn't help so much with the stress!
On the other hand, when you start to get random stabby pain in your back and shoulders on and off for a couple of months its a pretty big sign that all is not well. I know my job is pretty stressful and I try to relax whenever I can but at the same time I have a lot of little worries that constantly mutter away in the back of my head. I am assured this is fairly normal.
Anyhow, she gave me some good advice that I'm going to try to follow:
1. I've to take multi-vitamins that contain Magnesium. Apparently magnesium helps break down the lumps and bumps in my muscles that are causing knots. Or something like that. She explained it more scientifically and better than that but that's the general gist that I remember.
2. I've to rub deep heat or similar into my shoulders but make sure I take it right up the back of my neck to my hair-line.
3. When I stand I should put my arms out straight on either side, palms down and then turn my hands palm up. This will help to keep my spine aligned.
She also told me to drink a lot of water this evening - something I'm not good at anyway so I'm making a big effort to do this.
Here's to less stress and happier shoulders.