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  1. Quote Originally Posted by GMenard View Post
    Walking into my local supplement shop today and look who is sitting behind the counter . Yep Scotty Doc . Thanks for answering all of my questions about joint pain ,training and my age . The deload after this last run will be a good idea as you stated .dropping the weight and adding a few more reps will work . I knew the time was getting close to do a recovery and maintenance phase . Thanks for the solid advice and I will give these old bones a much needed reprieve from heavy sets .
    Thanks again
    Greg
    No problem Greg, was a pleasure meeting you as well, like I said you will find that all the guys and gals on this forum are both very nice and very informative, I have personally learned a lot on this forum, more than I ever imagined, wish they had this kind of stuff around when I was first getting started!
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  2. THanTha
    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyDoc View Post
    OK... kewl, then this should be fairly easy! of course you take your typical AP & Lateral views, but other views I will take depending on what I think the problem might be is 2 additional AP views, not sure if they are text-book views, but they can allow you to view the entire joint. Take one with the shoulder externally rotated and one internally rotated, I take both of these with your arm in the air like you are doing a bicep pose/flex except for obviously when your shoulder is internally rotated your arm is pointed down vs. externally rotated it is up. I mainly take these views to see the dynamics of the bones during internal and external rotation of the joint. Typically all it rules out is obvious bone on bone contact and fractures, but it is always best to rule out the simple/obvious things first. I mean you never know, as highly unlikely as it may be, you could have had an old fracture that healed incorrectly, added bone growth, bone spur, a good many things osseous-wise an injury can possibly cause. Once those are all ruled out with simple/cheap X-Rays, then the next obvious step is an MRI, which is probably going to be what you need to determine your injury. I'm only going with the statistical odds that it is most probably a soft tissue injury which you, a radiology tech know, that an MRI is the best most accurate way for determining and/or diagnosing those! Also, I'm at home right now, was just doing a quick check of the forum, so I don't have time to actually look them all up, but I'm sure you can Google them, there are a good number of muscle/orthopedic tests you can conduct to narrow down the soft-tissue possibilities of what area/muscles/ligaments are or could be involved with your injury. It is always best to have an educated guess of what is wrong before seeing a professional, they don't always like being told ahead of time what your problem is, but being you are a professional, they usually don't mind when it is from one professional to another! If you can't find the necessary muscle/orthopedic tests by the time I get to work tomorrow, just let me know and I'll look them up in my text and help you try and diagnose your problem to the best of my ability. And I'm both sure and hope that BEZOE and CELC5 will chime in, they are both very well educated professionals and they always seem to catch stuff I miss and/or add valuable insight, which is yet another reason why I always recommend a 2nd and sometimes a 3rd opinion when opting to get surgery or something serious! I'll touch base with you again tomorrow and see if we can't get this thing figured out together before your Doctor's appt!
    Thanks Scotty,

    Sorry for not responding sooner, Ive been busy getting engaged over the past week or so But besides that, thanks for the advice. Ive actually had internal, grashey and Scapular Y views done in about the past 18 months with a completely negative report. I was thinking you'd advice like something along the lines of a bicipital grove/tangential projection or something. But the ones you mentioned make sense too.

    I actually had my DT massage on Tues and upon leaving my shoulder felt extremely loose and plenty warmed up if I would have wanted to lift. Today, two days later however, my shoulder hurts WAAAY worse than it did even post workout on Tuesday. I had a feeling this was gonna happen cause it happened to my father recently with his first massage. Any ideas??

    I am also seeing the orthopedist on the 29th, so hopefully he'll cut me a script for an MRI so I can get down to the bottom of this garbage. In the meantime however, I plan on starting my 2nd round of HST here very soon and I am unsure of whats gonna happen with this shoulder. On top of that, I REALLY need to drop some BF% if I plan on going on a honeymoon in the next 6-8 months. LOL...I actually just happened to find a package with 2 unopened bottles of H-drol at my door yesterday to help
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by TheBreeze View Post
    THanTha

    Thanks Scotty,

    Sorry for not responding sooner, Ive been busy getting engaged over the past week or so But besides that, thanks for the advice. Ive actually had internal, grashey and Scapular Y views done in about the past 18 months with a completely negative report. I was thinking you'd advice like something along the lines of a bicipital grove/tangential projection or something. But the ones you mentioned make sense too.

    I actually had my DT massage on Tues and upon leaving my shoulder felt extremely loose and plenty warmed up if I would have wanted to lift. Today, two days later however, my shoulder hurts WAAAY worse than it did even post workout on Tuesday. I had a feeling this was gonna happen cause it happened to my father recently with his first massage. Any ideas??

    I am also seeing the orthopedist on the 29th, so hopefully he'll cut me a script for an MRI so I can get down to the bottom of this garbage. In the meantime however, I plan on starting my 2nd round of HST here very soon and I am unsure of whats gonna happen with this shoulder. On top of that, I REALLY need to drop some BF% if I plan on going on a honeymoon in the next 6-8 months. LOL...I actually just happened to find a package with 2 unopened bottles of H-drol at my door yesterday to help
    OK, so first let us start with your ROM, any limitations (passive & active & resisted)? I know one of those has to hurt, which one or ones and in which directions (ABduction, ADduction, flexion, extension, rotation)? Next, do you know what you did to injure it, was it a sudden or slow onset of pain? Finally, you have obviously tried to lift while injured, what movements/exercises irritate it the most (anterior, lateral, or posterior delt raises; incline, decline, or flat bench/chest press; shrugs; bicep curls; any kind of pulling movements of the back; etc.)? Be as specific as possible on all these questions and I will do my best to give you my best guess, which I usually don't give a guess of a diagnosis, especially online, but being that you are a professional and I know you know how to accomplish and properly describe all these tests I asked you to perform/explain, I will do my best! Also, I'm asking BEZOE and CELC5 to please respond their professional opinions as well once you post your answers/results!

    But for right now, all we have concluded/ruled out is that it is not a fracture, mis-alignment, or bony growth/protuberance that is causing your problem based off your claim of no problems detected on X-Ray, so it is safe to assume it is a soft-tissue injury, which are always the hardest to diagnose because it is not as black & white as an X-Ray. Ultimately, no matter what we figure out or think we have figured out, only an MRI can truly be conclusive and sometimes they aren't always 100% conclusive and just support or contradict the already suspected diagnosis.

    As far as the Deep Tissue massage making it feel better temporarily, but perpetually feeling worse, that is a tough one, I mean soft-tissue injuries are complicated bro, the exact same injury can be different for everyone. My personal best educated guess is that the massage actually helped push out the edema & swelling, but did nothing for the cause of the inflammation or maybe even irritated it more, but only got temporary relief because the swelling was pushed out and once the swelling came back it was even more irritated... again my best guess!
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  4. Scotty Doc,

    I just got done with my first visit to a chiropractor. I have a couple of questions. I have been having lower back pain that comes and goes. A lot of times it comes on while at the gym, usually during a squat or deadlift, and i hear a "crunch" like sound. Then I will be side lined for a couple of weeks until pain goes away.

    Other times the pain comes on out of the blue but is much more mild, but I still take time off from the gym to let it heal.

    Today he took xrays and said that there is some extreme muscle tightness in my back. He said the muscle shouldnt have even shown up on the xray but it is so tight that it did. He said the muscles are not allowing things to be in the normal position or something, and that is causing the pain and discomfort. He made a couple of adjustments and said that in the coming visits he will make adjustments that will take pressure off of the muscles so they can relax.

    I was wondering if massage therapy would be just as beneficial for this as the adjustments to relieve the muscle tightness? My insurance sucks and they only cover $1000/yr at the chiropractor. Just wondering if it sounds like something I could have done without the doctor to save some money?



    Thank you for your time!

  5. Quote Originally Posted by N.Woods Giant View Post
    Scotty Doc,

    I just got done with my first visit to a chiropractor. I have a couple of questions. I have been having lower back pain that comes and goes. A lot of times it comes on while at the gym, usually during a squat or deadlift, and i hear a "crunch" like sound. Then I will be side lined for a couple of weeks until pain goes away.

    Other times the pain comes on out of the blue but is much more mild, but I still take time off from the gym to let it heal.

    Today he took xrays and said that there is some extreme muscle tightness in my back. He said the muscle shouldnt have even shown up on the xray but it is so tight that it did. He said the muscles are not allowing things to be in the normal position or something, and that is causing the pain and discomfort. He made a couple of adjustments and said that in the coming visits he will make adjustments that will take pressure off of the muscles so they can relax.

    I was wondering if massage therapy would be just as beneficial for this as the adjustments to relieve the muscle tightness? My insurance sucks and they only cover $1000/yr at the chiropractor. Just wondering if it sounds like something I could have done without the doctor to save some money?



    Thank you for your time!
    OK, I'm sure your Chiropractor meant well, but I don't care for his inaccurate explanation! OK, muscles are not supposed to show up in an X-Ray and if they do it is most likely because it was under-exposed and he didn't use enough KVP (power) to take the shot and only see the bones or in extremely rare cases the bones or other soft-tissue will show up white because it is calcifying. So what I'm trying to say is there is no Fugging way you can determine any soft tissue damage or inflammation via X-Ray. Now do you have inflammation in and around your LB, YES... and I can say that and be like 99% sure because if there is pain, there is usually swelling and inflammation, but not because I saw it on X-RAY.

    OK, sorry about the rant & rave, I just hate it when Chiropractors say the wrong thing, I mean and a lot of us wonder why we have a some-what tainted reputation, well it is because of $hit like that! Anyway, we are taught well and hopefully most of us remember what we were taught and correctly explain things, I would like to see how well his explanation would have went if you were an MD or a Radiology tech, LoL

    Anyway, at least he more accurate about his explanation of the treatments, the adjustments will help loosen up the area and take the pressure off the nerves allowing the muscles to loosen up.. see it doesn't matter what caused what in the sense that it doesn't matter if the misalignment of the bones caused the muscle to spasm and inflame or the spasming inflamed muscle caused the bone to misalign, either way you need to address both the soft tissue and hard-tissue. I typically put heat & E-Stim (electrical stimulation) on my clients before the adjustment, then ice & rolling table massage after the adjustment. I use the heat and E-stim to get the blood flowing to the area and get it warmed/loosend up so the adjustment is easier and more comfortable, then after the adjustment I used ice and the rolling massage table to continue to loosen up the area, but the ice decreases any inflammation wich decreases pain. That is how I treat my injuries, now there is more than one way to skin a cat, but I have been extremely successful.

    So I'm not saying your CHIRO is bad, I just disagree with his half a$$ explanation of the X-Rays, I don't think that is professional, the rest is fine and accurate! The bottom line is... if you are feeling better after his adjustments, then it is working and it doesn't happen overnight, you will feel better and better after each adjustment and that feeling better will last longer and longer after each adjustment, gotta think of it as a rehab process, putting the bones back in there normal position and training them to stay there, which brings me to the last thing I do, that last few adjustments, once they are out of pain for the most part, I give them exercises to do before the adjustment to warm/loosen & strengthen the area before the adjustment, that way it is more likely to hold and also give them area specific strengthening exercises to do regularly to help prevent whatever their problem is from happening again.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by ScottyDoc View Post
    Whenever possible, seeing a professional in person is always your best bet! If you have the resources, I would ask around and see if you can make an appointment with someone who specializes in knees and works with athletes, athletic specialists are usually the best because it is their job to advise the Athletes get them to or as close to 100% as possible, as their careers and sometimes millions of dollars are on the line! Trust me, word gets around as to who is best in your area, you could probably even Google it! I'm just saying I wouldn't just go to anyone, for example, if you came to me, I would probably only be able to identify what is injured and not give you the best advice on what to do/rehab etc. This is why I refer out, but some will just try anyway to make the $-Money-$, while not getting you any better than when you started because of their lack of knowledge in that area... (Blood-Sucking-A$$holes). So be careful, there are a lot of those out there!
    Just got out of the chiropractors office. She put pressure on the back side of my knee, bent my leg slightly, and had me flex my quad. That Sh!t HURT!!! She told me what it was but due to my lack of attention I can't remember, lol. She told me to do wall squats with my feet angled out.
    Taste the rainbow.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by bluehealer View Post
    Just got out of the chiropractors office. She put pressure on the back side of my knee, bent my leg slightly, and had me flex my quad. That Sh!t HURT!!! She told me what it was but due to my lack of attention I can't remember, lol. She told me to do wall squats with my feet angled out.
    Lack of attention, I'm confused, give me a little more information???
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  8. My vote is for Breeze to quit doing upright rows as he mentioned in post #221. And to make the repurcussions of URR even worse, HST is rough on the joints and tendons. Just a hunch, but a lot of people don't warm up properly for each movement while running HST because there's such a laundry list of things to accomplish in the gym.

    For example, it takes me about 5 warm up sets of upright rows before I can use enough weight to actually tax my muscles without causing irritation/injury. In an HST routine, you don't have time for that. So maybe a bit more thought could go into choosing exercises that are "friendly" for your body. And to take it a step further, unless you are going to cut back significantly on the amount of weight you are going to use, I wouldn't recommend an aggressive HST run while already having a problematic shoulder.

  9. I got one for ya. Maybe this has already been addressed in here...
    My left arm/shoulder get to hurting and even feeling a little numb some times. It's not always while lifting or taxing it but even when relaxing in bed. My shoulder tends to pop quite easily and my elbow feels like I need to hyper extend it to make it feel better (not that I would!) or possibly get it to pop. The numb feeling radiates from my shoulder through my bicep to my elbow then along my forearm to the tip of my fingers. Saw my family Dr. today for a D.O.T. physical and asked him about it. He said it sounded like it might be a bulged disc or just a misalignment of my neck. Thoughts?
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  10. Hoping for some insight on my shoulder issue I have been having. It's my left shoulder. It started the day after a chest workout day. My left shoulder is sore. I attempted resting it for a few weeks and massaging the best I could. It was getting batter but not fully 100%. I thought it was good enough to go yesterday so did a very light bench workout and bent over row routine. This morning it's back to the same pain level as when this started.

    The pain hits when I lift my arm to the front and also stretching across my body. I also feel it when doing a bench press motion. Lifting to the side does not really hurt nor does lifting in a reverse fly motion. There is no pain when doing rows. The pain takes away from pretty much any lifting.

    Now as for where the pain is. It's more in the back of the shoulder/arm. If I massage a certain muscle group near the shoulder blade it hurts but in a good way. I am almost wondering if it's my rotator cuff. If you need more information let me know.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by ScottyDoc View Post
    Lack of attention, I'm confused, give me a little more information???
    I hear what people are saying but I often don't listen to what they are saying. As soon as I left her office I could not remember what was strained. She said my knee was slightly out of alignment and that wall squats would help strengthen the weak side. I remember the wall squats because she demonstrated. I enjoyed watching that, lol.
    Taste the rainbow.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by lukehayd View Post
    I got one for ya. Maybe this has already been addressed in here...
    My left arm/shoulder get to hurting and even feeling a little numb some times. It's not always while lifting or taxing it but even when relaxing in bed. My shoulder tends to pop quite easily and my elbow feels like I need to hyper extend it to make it feel better (not that I would!) or possibly get it to pop. The numb feeling radiates from my shoulder through my bicep to my elbow then along my forearm to the tip of my fingers. Saw my family Dr. today for a D.O.T. physical and asked him about it. He said it sounded like it might be a bulged disc or just a misalignment of my neck. Thoughts?
    That is very well possible, but ya see, the mis-alignment or pressure on the nerve can be happening anywhere between your head and shoulder, without examining your myself, I cannot determine where! I mean try a few experiments by pressing along the bones on the side of your neck (C1, C2, C3, C4, C6, & C7) to see if by doing so it causes or intensifies the numbness, if no, then firmly press around your shoulder girdle to see if you can duplicate or intensify the numbness, that is call palpation and is exactly how I would detect it on you or someone else!

    I have had something similar happening to me where my pinky and half of my ring finger (pinky side) and my hypo-thenar pad on my right hand are numb and it is constant, was very hard for me to figure out where it is coming from, but I have it down to either somewhere in my forearm or wrist. When I visited one of my Chiro buddies, he adjusted both my wrist and elbow and it didn't really get better, nor did I even notice a temporary difference, yet when I bend both my elbow and extend my wrist it intensifies! I did have another Chiro buddy suggest that it is in my forearms and did get some very minor and very temporary relief when he used his activator to thump away on my forearm (wrist extensors), so I have concluded I need a deep tissue massage and there must be some serious muscle adhesions and/or scar tissue in there for some reason, has to be it!
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by crpav View Post
    Hoping for some insight on my shoulder issue I have been having. It's my left shoulder. It started the day after a chest workout day. My left shoulder is sore. I attempted resting it for a few weeks and massaging the best I could. It was getting batter but not fully 100%. I thought it was good enough to go yesterday so did a very light bench workout and bent over row routine. This morning it's back to the same pain level as when this started.

    The pain hits when I lift my arm to the front and also stretching across my body. I also feel it when doing a bench press motion. Lifting to the side does not really hurt nor does lifting in a reverse fly motion. There is no pain when doing rows. The pain takes away from pretty much any lifting.

    Now as for where the pain is. It's more in the back of the shoulder/arm. If I massage a certain muscle group near the shoulder blade it hurts but in a good way. I am almost wondering if it's my rotator cuff. If you need more information let me know.
    From what I read, it happened suddenly right? or has it progressively worsened? I would look for a CHIROPRACTOR in your area that has a massage therapist, if not, then just locate the Massage therapist, the reason why I suggest both is because the Chiropractor will take x-rays and if he/she is any good can probably determine exactly what is going on and then recommend the correct course of action. If only seeing the massage therapist (specialty in deep tissue), tell them exactly what you are telling me and he/she will most likely be able to figure out the cause as well, whether they perform a few muscle tests or through palpation during their massage, just remember, the MT has to be certified in deep tissue and if it doesn't hurt, they are not going deep enough!
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by bluehealer View Post
    I hear what people are saying but I often don't listen to what they are saying. As soon as I left her office I could not remember what was strained. She said my knee was slightly out of alignment and that wall squats would help strengthen the weak side. I remember the wall squats because she demonstrated. I enjoyed watching that, lol.
    LoL
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  15. Hey boss wondering if you can help with an issue I am having.

    I had a knee surgery 2 years ago(meniscus) , and ever since I get recurring knee injuries, like partial dislocation of the fibular head. The the other day my knee decided to go for the goal and it would not pop back in. Anyways I have been going to my chiropractor (no health insurance and knee surgeon charges about 500 for a visit). he fixed the extending issue, but now i cannot draw the knee back. It "catches" on the right side of my quad, and there is a massive, tendon? (as if the vasus lateralis moved). protruding to about the same height as my patella on its right side. The patella feels like it locks as well when i try to curl the leg.

    I am assuming i had a meniscal tear again (dont care) but the large mass which looks like a thick strand of quadricep muscle, is protruding and bugging me.

    Prior to this my knee resembled a normal knee, now it is massive.
    "No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training...what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." - Socrates

  16. Quote Originally Posted by ScottyDoc View Post
    That is very well possible, but ya see, the mis-alignment or pressure on the nerve can be happening anywhere between your head and shoulder, without examining your myself, I cannot determine where! I mean try a few experiments by pressing along the bones on the side of your neck (C1, C2, C3, C4, C6, & C7) to see if by doing so it causes or intensifies the numbness, if no, then firmly press around your shoulder girdle to see if you can duplicate or intensify the numbness, that is call palpation and is exactly how I would detect it on you or someone else!

    I have had something similar happening to me where my pinky and half of my ring finger (pinky side) and my hypo-thenar pad on my right hand are numb and it is constant, was very hard for me to figure out where it is coming from, but I have it down to either somewhere in my forearm or wrist. When I visited one of my Chiro buddies, he adjusted both my wrist and elbow and it didn't really get better, nor did I even notice a temporary difference, yet when I bend both my elbow and extend my wrist it intensifies! I did have another Chiro buddy suggest that it is in my forearms and did get some very minor and very temporary relief when he used his activator to thump away on my forearm (wrist extensors), so I have concluded I need a deep tissue massage and there must be some serious muscle adhesions and/or scar tissue in there for some reason, has to be it!
    Well I aint going to Ga. for that! LOL!

    I guess that I should have said that the "numbness" (most of the time just feel like I just really worked the muscles hard-strained) is the worst in my arm pit towards the back more. Almost feels like I have my shirt (even when wearing sleeveless) bunched up in my arm pit and cutting off circulation. I will make an appt with my chiro and see if he can't get this worked out for me. Thanks for the reply, gives me more to go off of when I see my chiro.
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  17. Quote Originally Posted by lukehayd View Post
    Well I aint going to Ga. for that! LOL!

    I guess that I should have said that the "numbness" (most of the time just feel like I just really worked the muscles hard-strained) is the worst in my arm pit towards the back more. Almost feels like I have my shirt (even when wearing sleeveless) bunched up in my arm pit and cutting off circulation. I will make an appt with my chiro and see if he can't get this worked out for me. Thanks for the reply, gives me more to go off of when I see my chiro.
    No worries Bro! Sounds to me like you are just getting to HUGE for your own skin, LoL!
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  18. Quote Originally Posted by ScottyDoc View Post
    No worries Bro! Sounds to me like you are just getting to HUGE for your own skin, LoL!
    Lol! Although I have put on a good 25 lbs of lean mass in the last 4 years, I'm thinking that's probably not the case!

  19. Quote Originally Posted by lukehayd View Post
    Lol! Although I have put on a good 25 lbs of lean mass in the last 4 years, I'm thinking that's probably not the case!
    Your Ripping through your skin the way the "Incredible Hulk" rips through his clothes!

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  20. Quote Originally Posted by ScottyDoc View Post
    Your Ripping through your skin the way the "Incredible Hulk" rips through his clothes!
    The worst part is when the pants don't stretch to keep the "boys" from gettin crushed!

  21. My last post made me think of this.......


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N14Y8...e_gdata_player

  22. Just got back from chiro and he said it was my C6 and C7 that were giving me problems. The way he explained it to me was that the fluid was going out into the micro fibers through tears in the fibers and causing the disc to have inflammation which was then putting pressure on the nerves causing the pain and numbness in my left arm. He adjusted my neck and back and then had me get on the decompression table for 30 min. That was a new one for me! After that, my neck was sore! The assistant then had me sit there with an ice pack for another 15 min. which really helped out a lot! Neck feels a lot better but arm still has a bit of tingling/numbness in it. He said it would take a while to get this healed up because I let it go too long but that it would heal up and be back to normal. Told me some exercises/stretches to do at home (most of which I already do! LOL!) to help things out. He also told me that it might be best if I didn't do my heavy shrugs for a while--at least not for reps. Said I could still do them but just hold it flexed for a while instead of multiple reps. and to make sure I kept my head up and not look down. My normal chiro was out of town so I went to another one that I met at the Men's Encounter. It is nice going to a chiro that lifts and understands the lifting mentality! My other one would have just told me to stop all together like he has in the past. I think I found a new chiro!
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by lukehayd View Post
    Just got back from chiro and he said it was my C6 and C7 that were giving me problems. The way he explained it to me was that the fluid was going out into the micro fibers through tears in the fibers and causing the disc to have inflammation which was then putting pressure on the nerves causing the pain and numbness in my left arm. He adjusted my neck and back and then had me get on the decompression table for 30 min. That was a new one for me! After that, my neck was sore! The assistant then had me sit there with an ice pack for another 15 min. which really helped out a lot! Neck feels a lot better but arm still has a bit of tingling/numbness in it. He said it would take a while to get this healed up because I let it go too long but that it would heal up and be back to normal. Told me some exercises/stretches to do at home (most of which I already do! LOL!) to help things out. He also told me that it might be best if I didn't do my heavy shrugs for a while--at least not for reps. Said I could still do them but just hold it flexed for a while instead of multiple reps. and to make sure I kept my head up and not look down. My normal chiro was out of town so I went to another one that I met at the Men's Encounter. It is nice going to a chiro that lifts and understands the lifting mentality! My other one would have just told me to stop all together like he has in the past. I think I found a new chiro!
    I agree with you Bro, I had quite a few patients that were weight-lifters and professional athletes because of my sports/athletics/weight-lifting background! I mean it is easier said than done to just tell someone, "Oh, your just gonna have to stop" I mean sometimes that is necessary, but sometimes if you just avoid certain activities and stay in tuned with your body and know what, when, why, & how to avoid certain exercises/movements, you will heal up just fine! I wish more CHIRO's educated their patients in that way, to become more in tune with their body and what it is telling them and why, etc. Happy for ya Bro, glad you found a new CHIRO you really like, is very important!
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  24. Had a friend give me his inversion table that he no longer used and also is letting me borrow a "Bio-mat". From what I see, its an infra-red with negative ion heating pad. Anybody ever hear of these/ use one?

  25. Quote Originally Posted by lukehayd View Post
    Had a friend give me his inversion table that he no longer used and also is letting me borrow a "Bio-mat". From what I see, its an infra-red with negative ion heating pad. Anybody ever hear of these/ use one?
    Not real familiar with a mat/heating pad that uses infra-red, but at the last Chiropractic office I worked for, we had an old school infra-red lamp and it worked very well for reducing inflammation!
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