I talk about my Morton’s Neuroma in my left foot on this blog. I have several posts about it. That is not my main achilles heel. In other words I have a main weak spot and that is……my neck!
Yes and It always has the last laugh. If I have been under the weather, enjoying reading ,watching movies, a few short horse rides, and even my favourite sport of all time, swimming laps; my neck lets me enjoy those things for a couple of weeks but then it will get the ugly tight knotted muscles in my neck, sure as I can say – “Jack The Rabbit “.
It started many years ago, in a far away land. No I am joking. It did begin when I learned to downhill ski and I used my shoulder and neck muscles to pull myself up the hill on the T-Bar. I fell a few times and had to hang on to that bar so I could get to the top. Yelp! Help! I learned to handle the ski lifts quite well eventually, but there is always, especially with T-Bars a very precarious method that even if I have mastered the t-bar, someone on that same T-Bar has not. I remember hanging onto the bottom of a t-bar because someone veered the t-bar over behind me and I got off the skii track and lost my control. Well I hung onto the bottom of that bar for the rest of the way until I got to the top of the hill. All the way up, I could feel my shoulders and neck screaming for me to give it some relief. I couldn’t let go!
In 2008 I was in a car accident that set my neck back to even being more of a problem. Back to physio. More massages. Yoga helps me relax but it does not heal or rejuvenate my neck. Meditation really helps though.
It could also have begun back when I was pulling my 2 little toddlers in our red wagon. I ended up in physiotherapy after pulling them around for a summer.
My neck tension is back and I am conquering the battle of getting my neck muscles to ease up. I finally resort to Advil and Tylenol 3 times a day for 2 weeks.
I do these things to release first:
- grab the hair on each side of my head and pull for 15 seconds
- pinch the muscles under my chin and side of my neck for 15 seconds
- sit and close my eyes in meditation while on the floor sitting on a cushion in lotus position
I guess I need to keep calm in the storm and stay afloat and relaxed. Hard to do sometimes.
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