We have all heard the saying "It hurts so good." I tend to say that very often, especially during a massage. I will lay there and think "yeah, that hurts. SO good." or even respond with that when the therapist asks about the pain she is inflicting.
I have been battling these pulled muscles in my neck, back and shoulder. One day, I couldn't even move my arm and if I wanted to turn my head, I had to use my hand to physically move my head to the side. The muscle relaxers are doing nothing but making me feel all ooey-gooey, which is kind of cool, but not helping the real issue.
Tonight I had one of the therapists I work with work on me. He specializes in neuromuscular therapy, which is pretty deep shit. And I can tell you, I was not saying "yeah, that hurts. SO good." I was barely able to squeak out "yowza!" when he hit all the right spots. There were a lot of spots. And I couldn't stop my eyes from watering and my nose from running. He was pretty shocked I was able to move my arm as well as I can. Oddly enough, he had the same problem not too long ago. Basically, my trapezoid, rhomboids, infraspinatus, supraspinatus and latissimus dorsi muscles (unlike when I briefly explained Jainism, I DO know what I am talking about when it comes to these muscles!) are jacked up (that's an official medical term, by the way). Over a week ago, it started as a sore neck and then one day while washing my hair I heard, and even worse, FELT, "snap, snap snap" all down the right side of my spinal cord over to my arm. The kind of funny part was I had my arms up to do my hair washing and I couldn't get my right arm back down because it hurt too much to move it. I am sure that was a lovely site in the shower!
I am now post-massage and I can't believe how much better I feel! We only had about 20 minutes for him to work on me, but it was so worth it. Now I need to follow up and have another one to keep the progress moving forward. I think I will take a muscle relaxer BEFORE I go for the massage. Then maybe I won't cry.