Well, the past month hasn’t been good. The tightness in my neck and shoulders is actually worse than they were a month ago when I outlined my plan in the post Overview of the Ideas to Fix My Neck and Shoulders. A quick recap.
- Slow Daily Rowing – I had to stop this as it made my back mid-back sore and caused muscle spasms. When I reduced the frequency those problems went away, but it didn’t help with tightness. Also I didn’t really enjoy it.
- MSM – I supplemented with 1000-2000 mg of MSM daily. I’l continue to use the bottle until empty, but I don’t see it helping.
- Mobility exercises – I still do these, but I don’t them helping.
- Some isometric neck exercises – See this page. I just started this, so I’ll continue slowly with it. Nothing so far.
- Lying on the floor breaks – Actually I love this idea I got from Txomin and Stephan. It is very calming and I’ve found increased energy and effectiveness when returning to work. However, it hasn’t helped my neck or shoulders yet.
I just thought of another theory on why my neck, shoulders and recently back are feeling more achy. When I went from 210 pounds to 190 pounds, a lot of my stiffness went away. I was chalking it up to eating a lower inflammatory diet, but it might just be a weight thing. So when I increased my weight recently, it might have increased the stiffness. Dropping 10 pounds should tell me if that is the culprit.
My focus for the next month will be on losing some weight, more lying breaks and breathing exercises. I’ll do one isometric neck exercises session a week.