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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
February 5, 2019
I have been dealing with a recurring arm problem for at least six months now. For all I remember, it could be longer but I have lost all sense of time with this particular problem. The issue is this, and this was after some very careful deliberation. I most likely have an issue with my body alignment and my muscle, and this is causing a tightness in my arm that sometimes gets aggravated. It could be some form of tendinitis that is hitting me as well, but for the most part, I have been doing my best to deal with this problem. Rather than push myself and potentially injure my arm even more, I maintain a solid fitness regimen that allows me to keep the weights at a respectable level and keep the effort intense. For me, this always seems to come up when I do a lot of snatches, and this time it has knocked me out of whack for a week now. I have managed to get some good work in the gym but it has also frustrated me in my sleeping patterns and even how I manage work. For the most part, I have probably caused some major imbalance in my body that can be felt on my entire left side of my body, and it is wearing on me. With my running regimen almost ready (I need to get some new shoes), I am on the cusp of getting my old fitness levels back. The only problem is this…this arm problem just doesn't want to go away.
Now why do I think it is some kind of muscle/alignment issue with my body? Well, sometimes my left hip feels sore in addition to the muscle on the left side of my neck feeling tight as well. In the past, these kinds of issues were never a problem for me. Of course, these last couple years have been pretty tough on my pocket book and I have had to try and pay some bills as opposed to pay money toward the things that could really keep me going….that being deep tissue massage and chiropractic care. Now, a lot of people are scoffing and claiming this sort of stuff is fluff science and all you really need is to get yourself on your back and stretch. However it is rarely that easy. When you start hurling weight around and start doing physical activities, you are rarely going to be a finely tuned machine in the process. Even if you are a pro athlete, you still land on your feet awkwardly or still contort your body into movements that are not natural. So just how important can self body care really aid you?
Let’s start with chiropractic care. https://www.muscleandfitness.com/muscle-fitness-hers/hers-features/7-health-benefits-good-posture Now I know for a fact, my hips are slightly out of alignment. This may very well be the reason for my issues with my arm. As your body contorts in a different manner, the spaces between your spine can suddenly become condensed. These spaces are not “space” to be exact, but are nerves that can cause pain when they are being bunched up. This can cause discomfort and potential pain in multiple areas. If left untreated, the issues could lead to pain in other areas because then you might shift your body to make up for discomfort. You might sit in a contorted manner or you might try to overcompensate on one side your body to do a certain lift. This is why you need a chiropractor in your life. The best part about maintaining a aligned body is from a gravitational perspective. Your body will evenly distribute force and also evenly distribute weight and movement. Without your body being forced into irregular movements, this will aid in keeping your body healthy and keeping your fitness moving forward. When you start compensating in other areas due to misalignment, you are setting yourself up for trouble in other areas like sleep patterns and general comfort. Most articles I found figured that getting at least one chiropractic adjustment a week can go a long way toward maintaining your fitness levels as well as your balance.
Now onto the second part, which is potential deep tissue massage. Or for that matter, any kind of massage that can really help relieve some muscle tightness. While most people think of a Swedish Massage when the term comes up, there is a whole world of techniques out there that can be beneficial to your sports recovery. My obvious favorite is the deep tissue, which is a breaking down of your deep muscles which forces said muscle to become more flexible. When a muscle is tight, the discomfort is obviously gonna turn you off to the very idea of fitness. While a decent amount of stretching can really help, nothing is better than getting deep into the muscle. When you have a more permeable muscle mass, this allows you be more flexible in your movements. If you are really getting into the olympic weight lifting or fast moving, energy expunging workout movements, then this might be a good way to make sure your body keeps up with the effort. When you have a body that is much more flexible and capable of doing these difficult movements which you are striving to master, it can cut down on the prep time. For me, the toughest thing about doing complicated olympic training is not only trying to get my body used to the movements, but it is also getting my mind right.
You see, one thing that is important with your fitness is what is going on with the muscle between the ears. Having an injury is one thing, and that is something you need to ultimately consider when doing any kind of movement. But having a hang-up about something due to soreness or an imbalance in your body is not going to help you with achieving your goals. When you are worried that your body will not hold up, then that could be a debilitating hurdle for you yo get over. There has been some moments where I felt bored and wanted to quit, and that is when I try something new just to test myself. If anything, the body is a vehicle, and you need to check the car out from time to time to make sure it is working properly. You are no different in this regard.
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