My shoulder hurts. I swear it's not a heart attack.
January 5, 2009 1:39 PM Subscribe
What can I do to prevent/reduce the muscle knots and pain in my shoulder?
posted by lemonade to health & fitness (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Ever since I was a teenager playing piano, I've been prone to getting huge knots and tightness in my shoulders (mostly the right one). I've been to physical therapy a few times, and it helped, but I am think that was primarily because they were giving me a massage twice a week! I have an excellent massage therapist, but I can't afford her every week forever. I recently started regular piano playing again, and the pain has gone from regular to nonstop. Piano isn't the only thing aggravating the shoulder, sitting in front of a computer all day doesn't help and I'm not sure if rock climbing and swimming help or hurt.
I don't want to give up any of my activities, so I'd like to do anything and everything else possible to keep the knots under control. Ideally, I'd like to get rid of the knots and then do some kind of regimen of motion/stretching stuff to keep them from reforming. I do yoga a couple times a week, and recently I've started putting a heat pack on it in the evenings, but please hit me with everything you've got. How should I be sleeping? Will those therma patches help? Muscle relaxants? Rolling around on tennis balls? Special magic shoulder stretches? Special magic yoga moves?