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I've never had muscle pain before, don't know why I have it, maybe from wearing my huge Ds so often, or maybe lookin' at the 'puter too long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
I go to my chiro once a week & this began as pain in my T2 (is that what I mean? Where my back meets my neck...) Now it seems to be muscular, it's mostly on the left side of my neck & travels down towards my upper back.<br><br>
Anyone ever have something like this? Should I get a massage? Is there anything else I should do? This has been going on for 3-4 weeks now. Ouch.
 

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For something like this if you can I'd see a Network Chiropractor-it's like the homeopathic version of chiropractic. I get no relief from regular adjustments for things like you are describing, but a network adjustment makes a huge difference. You could also rub some arnica gel on the area, or do a castor oil pack for inflammation. Make sure you are getting enough magnesium as well (to relax the muscle.)
 

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I'd go for that massage. Try to find an experienced therapist. You want someone who knows what they're working on and won't get overzealous with their pressure, (which can be painful later).<br><br>
Look at your daily routine-- are there repetitive motions you engage in every day that are aggravating your neck? (i.e. Do you always carry your son on one side, or the other? Spend time with your phone cradled between your left ear and shoulder? Are you left handed and spend a lot of time operating the computer mouse with that hand? etc). If so, work on ways of modifying those behaviors to give your left side a break.<br><br>
Ice and heat can work wonders. If you've got the time, alternate between the two. Say, 3 min of heat followed by 3 min of ice for as long as you've got patience. It's called a 'vascular flush' and floods the treated area with fresh blood and oxygen by manually dilating and constricting the blood vessels. Tight muscles can restrict the blood flow necessary for healing and proper muscle function. Finish with the ice to bring down any inflammation in the area.<br><br>
If you're short a free pair of helpful hands to rub your poor back, try rolling around on a tennis ball. Slip one into a tube sock, it's easier to maneuver that way.<br><br>
Hope you feel better soon!
 
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