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Well, I had my first physical therapy session today and it went well.  Apparently, most of my issues are, indeed, muscular in nature.  There is a tiny area at the base of the skull, where it connects with the neck, that I cannot pronounce, where a major artery and a major nerve runs from the neck to the head.  Apparently, when I get stressed, I begin to tense the muscles around that little tunnel.  Most people do, which is what causes tension headaches.  In my case, the muscles have been tense for so long and so tight for so long, that they don't relax on their own.  I have to learn stretch them out to relax them and I have to build up the muscles in the middle of my upper back to help take some of the tension off of those muscles in the first place.  I also have to work on my posture.  In case you didn't know, I have the second worst posture in the world.  My father has the worst posture in the world, so as least I got it honest.  Strengthening the muscles in my upper back will also help my posture according to the therapist.

Anyway, I did feel better after the session and he did massage the area to release the tension and restore normal blood flow.  I had a headache when I went in there and left without one.  He told me that it was not uncommon to feel exhausted while going through therapy because your body is learning something new.  I told him that I felt exhausted anyway because by the end of the day, I hurt so much, I couldn't do anything but fight pain.  He said that should get better over the next few weeks.  It was funny because he asked what I did for a living that caused me to have such enormous stress, and when I told him that I was a school counselor, he asked me if I worked in the jail.  I told him no.  He asked what kind of school I worked in because he couldn't believe that I worked a regular school and had this much stress.    He said that he rarely saw anyone with that much stress and tension, much less someone at my age.  I think it's hilarious that he assumed that I work with juvenile delinquents though.  You know that I am telling everyone in the building tomorrow.

Hopefully, in a few weeks, I will be feeling relatively normal, whatever that means.  Then I can actually read and comment on LJ again.  I am actually trying to do it, but it's hard when even reading, much less commenting, takes more energy than I have at the moment.  Please be patient.  It's not you.  It's me.

Date: 2009-06-05 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bam-a-lam.livejournal.com
PT sucks, but I hope this will help you out. Doing something for the posture is a nice bonus at least. :)

Best of luck hon! ♥

Date: 2009-06-05 10:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] divinemadam.livejournal.com
With the way that I have been feeling, I am willing to deal with PT, or anything else, to feel better. They were really nice when I went there, so that was good. I felt very comfortable and no one looked at me like I was making anything up. That's a relief in and of itself.

BTW, I'm glad that you got home all safe and sound!

Date: 2009-06-05 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] waqaychay.livejournal.com
oh, i'm so happy that the therapy helped! that's great! ♥ good luck on continuing to get those muscles relaxed, babe. :D

Date: 2009-06-05 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] divinemadam.livejournal.com
I was having some difficulty going to sleep last night so I did my stretches that I am supposed to do. Within minutes of finishing them, I went off to lala land. It was great! The therapist who actually manipulated the muscles in my neck and shoulders was so funny. He really could have played a hobbit without much effort and had to stand on a stool to work on my neck when I was laying on the table. (My mother would call him a "sawed off pecker head" which is what she calls all short men.) He made jokes about that and he also would check on how much different moves helped my neck pain. As things helped, he would ask me if he was my new BFF. He is, for your information. With hands like that, I would marry him if he asked.

Date: 2009-06-05 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alassenya
Physio is a life-saver - at least for me. I have the same issues about tension, though I think my tight point is a little lower in the neck than yours.

Be aware that if your phsyio does a lot of massage, especially of muscles that have been tight for a long time, you may get a weird feeling for 24-48 hours, as if you are getting a virus, or under the influence of something nasty - I think it's to do with slightly toxic cell contents being released into the blood stream. It's temporary, though, and the end result is a better function, so it's worth it.

Date: 2009-06-09 05:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tigertale7.livejournal.com
I'm just now catching up on the flist, so sorry for the late comment. I hope the PT really helps you out, it makes such a difference when there's a reduction in pain and tension in the body. I'll keep my fingers crossed, especially since you took that tumble.

::sends best, positive thoughts your way::

Date: 2009-06-10 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] divinemadam.livejournal.com
Physical therapy has been helping. The stretches do help release the tension. I am still having problems with my posture, but that is 37 years of bad habit to break. They are building up the muscles in between my shoulder blades, which has hurt a little. After all, who uses those muscles outside of body builders? However, that ache will subside like all exercise ache does. My favorite parts of the therapy though are the heating of the muscles and the manual manipulation of my neck. That is the best! I think that after therapy is over, I am going to try to make therapeutic massage part of my monthly routine. it would so be worth it.

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