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    I regularly get Thai massage and every time, without fail, I'm in 'agony' in certain spots around my hips, buttocks, lower back and legs. It's always the same spots (muscles) and it never eases up, despite my regularly getting massaged.

    I was wondering what was causing this. Could it be a mineral or nutrient deficient?

    My massage therapists don't have much English, but they all laugh and tell me that that particular muscles is (once again) 'tight'... week after week after week it's the same story... (I think I could have a massage every day of the week for a year and they'd still say the same thing.)

    Does anyone else have this? Know what causes it? Or can recommend something that might be lacking in my diet that could account for perpetually tight muscles.

    Thanks.
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  • #2
    Sounds like stress knots. My shoulders are always like that.

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    • #3
      I carry my stress in my shoulders, so I tend to have perpetually tight muscles in my upper back. Massage doesn't have to hurt...certainly not have you in agony! It could be the technique they're using or maybe they're not warming the muscle up enough prior to really working it over. Also, make sure you are properly hydrating, especially before/after getting a massage. If you can sit in a warm room prior to the massage, that can warm up the muscles quite a bit. I recently added chiropractic care to my regimen and that resolved some niggling muscle pain issues that regular massage hasn't been able to totally get rid of, or get rid of for more than a day or two. My midwife referred me to a chiropractor b/c of some sciatic pain and, much to my surprise, it actually worked...AND got rid of some (what I thought was) unrelated upper back muscle pains as well. I guess a bunch of shit was out of alignment and I was compensating all up and down my back and legs.

      And some mineral deficiencies can cause muscle tightness as well...dehydration, low potassium and/or calcium/magnesium can give me charlie horses in my legs...but those are more like cramps and not consistent pains. I'll be interested to read the other responses to your issue!
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      • #4
        I have chronically tight muscles as well, especially in my hips and shoulders. In addition to massage, you should definitely invest in a foam roller and a lacrosse ball. It'll be painful for a while (mine still is!) but it's a way to untighten those muscles and will actually benefit your workouts as well.

        And if you're a little more experimental, a lot of acupuncturists also perform cupping, which is pretty equivilant to a deep tissue massage and has helped me out a lot. Kind of fruity, but I like that stuff.
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        • #5
          Might be caused by long hours of sitting..
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cassanina View Post
            I have chronically tight muscles as well, especially in my hips and shoulders. In addition to massage, you should definitely invest in a foam roller and a lacrosse ball. It'll be painful for a while (mine still is!) but it's a way to untighten those muscles and will actually benefit your workouts as well.

            And if you're a little more experimental, a lot of acupuncturists also perform cupping, which is pretty equivilant to a deep tissue massage and has helped me out a lot. Kind of fruity, but I like that stuff.
            I second the foam roller. I am a desk jockey, a couple of my co-workers have foam rollers and swear by them. One brought his in for me to try, mine is on order.....
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            • #7
              I used to have chronic, CHRONIC tension in my upper back, shoulders and neck. Awful. For some reason it has subsided to the point where I rarely have tension in those areas anymore. I think much of it is emotional, so do not disregard that aspect of it. My tension left pretty much as soon as I started supplementing with Natural Calm magnesium. Coincidence? Well, I longer supplement with that stuff and haven't for months, but tension is still nowhere to be felt, so maybe.

              I rarely get bodily tension anymore. If you have ajob or are are generally sitting on your ass all day, then I suggest getting a new job or making sure you do some squats/stretches/stand at desk etc, because we are not meant to be sitting infront of a computer all day, or infront of anything all day. I feel very sorry for those that do this for decades. Awful life, and will cause massive tension in your bodies, particularly the hip flexors.

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              • #8
                I have the same problem when my chiro adjusts me once a month. I'm fine with having my neck done, my shoulders, my spine, but as soon as he touches the top of my hip bones near the small of my back (right around kidneys), I start crying. He tries to be gentle cuz he knows it hurts, but it just won't go away. I injured my tailbone pretty badly in 8th grade, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it.
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                • #9
                  I go for regular massages once a month. They can only touch lightly as I have very toxic tissue (lymphatic issues). Recently though, they were able to get a little deeper. I attribute that to the diet. Lymphatic drain massage sends me to the bed for a good day, with many litres of water to flush out.
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                  • #10
                    I just ordered one of these babies for myself for Christmas: http://www.amazon.com/Rumble-Roller-...4145978&sr=1-2

                    I have a regular smooth foam roller, but it doesn't have the oomph it used to.

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                    • #11
                      I think massage hurts. I don't like it. It's not just in my muscles, either. I swear it feels like I'm being bruised. It hurts my skin. It's okay up around my shoulders and back, my hands, my face and my feet but anywhere else, especially arms and legs, please don't touch me.
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                      • #12
                        I am a massage therapist, but have never tried that type of massage. From what I have seen it looks pretty brutal (for me anyway). Thai massage is probably going to hurt if your not a yogi or very flexable. Go to someone that speaks your language.Try Swedish massage if you don't want one that hurts. I get deep tissue when I need it and it hurts pretty bad.

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                        • #13
                          Massage doesn't *have* to be painful. I'm pretty sensitive and have no hesitation in telling a therapist to take it a bit easier, work out the knots less aggressively. It's your body, your experience.

                          I second the recommendation to try Swedish massage.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dragonmamma View Post
                            I just ordered one of these babies for myself for Christmas: http://www.amazon.com/Rumble-Roller-...4145978&sr=1-2

                            I have a regular smooth foam roller, but it doesn't have the oomph it used to.
                            I've been considering one of those myself. Hope we get to hear some personal experiences once yours arrives.

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                            • #15
                              Try yamuna body rolling if you can - gets in to every deep tight knot possible
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