Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Scalene Triangle

I'm typing this with a pain in the neck. No, seriously. I did something in a workout the other day and it is KILLING me. Would love to hear from anyone who has experience as a massage therapist or health professional. Apparently my problem? Scalene muscles.

Scalenes are a tricky group of muscles that run from neck to collarbone and wrap around your ribs. The first time I tweaked them I felt a tingling and numbness running down one arm and into my fingertips. Bizarro.

It just so happened at the time I had a massage scheduled, and the masseuse grabbed a hold of my collarbone and had my stretch my arm in a certain way (whilst I screamed like a little girl), but by the time she was finished, the pain and numbness was magically (mostly) gone.

This time I don't have the numbness, but DO have pain when I turn my head from side to side (backing out of the driveway is SO fun), or when I lay my head on my shoulder. Just don't do that, you say? IF IT WERE ONLY THAT EASY.

I need to figure out if I'm not stretching properly before/during/after a workout or what, cuz three times in a year for this nonsense is about three times too many.

I like muscular pain from a workout as much as the next guy - it makes me feel like I've accomplished a good workout if I'm a little stiff and sore the next day, but this is different. This just makes me feel old and feeble.

Anyone else experience the same thing? I'd love to know how you combat it if so.

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Mommy Moxie said...

So does being a massage whore count? (seriously, I've gotten 100's of massages over the past ten years, therefore... ;)

I get the same neck muscle issue that you do and the only thing that makes it truly go away is regular massages plus chiropractic care. My therapist is a naturopath as well and adjusts me, so I'm lucky in that regard. I go every two weeks and even then I can feel when I'm getting out of alignment because I can't turn my head all the way to the side. Maybe an adjustment might help?

(also, as a heads up, masseuse's give "happy endings"-massage therapists don't if you catch my drift....muhahahaha)

MerciBlahBlah said...

Oh thank GOD - I wasn't sure if anyone was still reading....

100s of massages through the years??? Sounds like hebbin. I have been wondering about going to a chiropractor, but for some reason am always hesitant. I know lots of people who swear by them, but I just have this thing where I wonder - "maybe they'll make me feel worse than I already do..." It's silly, I know. I should give it a shot. That and acupuncture - I have been wanting to try that forEVER.

Happy ending...tee heee....