When I studied massage a few years ago the people on my course consistently told me that I had one of the most tense backs they had ever encountered..!
I spent a few years religiously doing massage swaps, but in all honesty it was only ever a temporary alleviation. There's a root cause - and it's often postural.
In my case the tense shoulders are caused by a slight curve in my lower spine - this has a knock on effect up the spine. I went to an osteopath, but it didn't help much. The best thing for me has definitely been Yoga because you learn how to consciously realign your body by moving. I think Tai Chi or Pilates might be even better.
I also do this thing called Rolfing, which is basically a form of touch therapy that realigns your body, and I find that brilliant.
My shoulders aren't half so tight any more, but if I fall out of my Yoga practice they stiffen up in a few weeks.
Oh, and you might also want to look at whether you're consuming a lot of inflammatory foods. These definitely impact on my shoulders!
Last edited by YogaBare; 01-23-2013 at 08:16 AM.
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