Muscles, Bones, and Tendons…

Image result for massage imageI had a massage this past week.

I needed it.  BAD.  My glutes were all tight and locked up, and it was affecting my mobility.

As I was lying on the table, clenching my teeth, cussing in my brain because the pain is intense, the thought always arises, Why am I doing this?

This thought was replaced by how I take care of all parts of my bodies. You have to in order to be effective at CrossFit and continue to do it.  At least at my age you do.

I get massages (muscles).  I now see a chiropractor (bones).  And a muscle activation specialist (tendons and ligaments).

I’m seeing someone for everything.  Except the brain…  A psychiatrist.

Um….I’m not there yet…

But maybe I should be??

The State of My Arms…

When I first started CrossFit, I would get bicep tendonitis.

I’d back off, and it would go away.

The last six months I’ve had perpetual uncomfortableness in my arms, meaning one or the other feels off (usually my right arm).

In the last 6 months, all of my PR’s have increased.  Dramatically.  I’m lifting heavier and heavier weights.  Doing more pull-ups and bar muscle ups.  Overall, training and lifting at a more competitive level.

I’m wondering if my arm pain is just normal for this stage in my weight lifting career. Like growing pains with kids.  My muscles are growing and adapting and healing in a perpetual cycle.  With the normal muscle soreness and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

Or is it something more?

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It’s so hard to tell with soft tissue.

All I know is it’s something I’m aware of.  I manage it.  I back off when I need to.  Take a week off when I need to.  Scale when needed.

I’m seeing a massage therapist.  And a muscle activation specialist.

There’s only so much one can do.

And I feel like I’m doing everything humanly possible while still maintaining my training regimen.  Other thoughts?