Post # 1
I have delt with this before. Usually it will only last a day, then goes away all on it’s own. Not this time! I’ve had this knot in the upper/middle part of my back for about 2-3 weeks! My husband has massaged it in different ways, I’ve rubbed it the best I can, hot baths, nothing! I sleep on my back. Tonight I’m going to try to sleep with a super thin pillow to see if that helps. But does anyone else have any tips? It’s driving me crazy! When I sleep on my side I just toss and turn, and it’s never fun. I can’t sleep on my stomach at all. I know not many people sleep on their back, and I probably shouldn’t either. But I need sleep! haha
Post # 3
Just a possible guess, but if you sit at a desk and type, make sure your arms are even or forward of your side/torso. I used to get horrible shoulder and mid back pain at my first desk job until I realized I’d end up with my torso too close to the keyboard, at the worst I’m sure my elbows stuck out behind me. Don’t know if it applies at all, but figured it didn’t hurt to mention it.
Whatever it is I hope you figure it out soon, back pain is one of the worst pains!
Post # 4
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: Try some heat! That usually helps loosen me up. I had some kind of pain in my shoulder two days ago and when I have pain I tend to hold my shoulder up a little higher and then the muscles get tight. I’ve dealt with this since I was 16 and was the passenger in a car accident….my back goes out of place and left shoulder and my muscles tighten up when it starts. I have a heart massager that I bought from Pure Romance but I only use it on my muscles when they start to tighten. Haha. It works soooo well. OR when it gets too bad I have to go to a chiropracter so they can use their TENS unit and deep massager. Luckily, I’m marrying a man who’s mom is a deep tissue massage therapist (I haven’t gone to her though because I’m too stubborn….and I haven’t needed a chiropracter for over 3 years).
Post # 5
I try to rub it myself by pressing/leaning up against the corner of a wall or doorway. When FI tries to rub it his hands get tired!
Post # 6
Thank you everyone for all of the recommendations!
Post # 7
A tennis ball works really well for hitting specific knots. I highly reccommend going to a chiropractor or actual massage therapist- they can figure out exactly where the knot is coming from!
Post # 8
Do you have the funds to go visit a professional massage therapist?
Post # 9
I get a really severe knot in my upper shoulder when I am stressed or working extremely long hours (usually go hand in hand). It starts as a dull ache and progresses into a burning/shooting pain with limited motion and little to no relief. DH will really rub and get into the knot and we can both hear it cracking and moving around. Massage will loosen some of the tension but it never fully goes away.
Post # 10
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: Perhaps this is where you carry your stress? I develop left shoulder pain that forms a knot/ball from stress. I see a massage therapist to work it out/trigger point therapy; it does the trick.
P.S. If you get a prescription from your doctor for massage, the cost of the massage becomes a medical expense you can deduct from your taxes. The tip to the massage therapist is not deductible, however.
Post # 11
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: try a tennis ball or any hardish ball and roll it over the spot. It’s best to put the ball on the wall or floor and lean into it and rolling. It’ll help get blood flow and oxygen to the spot and hopefully it’ll release in no time . It’s a painful process but it works!
look up trigger point release or self release and it can show you a more detailed picture of what to do.
I gwt these all the time. All this shovelling I have had to do has not helped lol
Post # 12
I had a sore back, left middle shooting up to my shoulder and neck for a long time. I went to a chiropractor. My hip ended up being out of alignment and a muscle was being pinched by my spine. He adjusted my hip and I don’t have issues anymore. Sometimes it hurts, but I do exercises to stretch out my hips, then my back/shoulder/neck starts feeling better.
Do some stretching. yogo poses and stuff. Childs pose really helps with the hips for me.