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    Upper back issue

    For over a year now I've been having upper back issues. I get a dull ache between my spine and left shoulder blade. I've recently started seeing a physio who has said it's stiffness in one of the joints. He gave me some stretches to do such as thoraic extension. This relieves the ache but only for a short time and it comes back. I'm aware it is possibly down to a posture issue but can not seem to make the problem go away.

    Anyone had any similar issues or ideas on how to get rid of the problem?
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    Do you own a firm foam roller and lacrosse balls?. It sounds like you need to do some soft tissue massaging on your scapula.

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    I own both. I try to use a ball against a wall and work on the are between my scapula and spine, it gives temporary relief but eventually it comes back.

    Is there a method of using a foam roller or ball that you recommend I try?
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    Have you ever been adjusted by a chiropractor?

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    Yes that was my first point of call. It's a strange story i'll share. At my first visit to a chiro they gave me a massage, then used electro therapy and after that gave me an adjustment. He put me in a full nelson like position with his knees in my back. This did seem to alleviate the problem however after an hour of visiting the chiro I developed a swelling in my neck. Too cut a long story short 3 months later the swelling was diagnosed as thyroid cancer so I had to undergo surgery and treatment. They believe the chiro caused the tumour to bleed and thus swell. So if it was not for the visit to the chiro the cancer may have not still been detected. Anyway this was 6 months ago and I'm now a bit skeptical about goin back to a chiro incade of any damage to my neck.
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    I've never had an issue with the chiro and never had an issue. Find a chiro that works on people that train.

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    I would recommend only using a chiro who is certified to do ART. They have a better understanding of the muscular system and ART is one of the best things around to keep you fully functional IMO. I get dug out every week.

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