Hi folks, new here. I have tried searching on the forum and reading the FAQ - actually the search function didn't seem to be working? Apologies if this is well-trodden ground, I would still appreciate anyone pointing me in the right direction or offering advice.
I'll try and be concise - my work has involved extensive computer editing for about the last 10 years or more. Like a lot of people I guess I thought I was sitting OK until I started getting problems in the last few years.
I am now 36, probably above average health and fitness as I work out and do a lot of dog walking. I eat well and drink lots of water.
The problems seem to be on 2 main fronts -
1) neck and shoulder discomfort and tension. It seems I had a bit of the hunch going on over the years, and my shoulders were too high and a bit forward. I think I have improved this aspect of my back a lot, through paying attention to my posture and actively forcing my shoulders into a lower position as a kind of stretch while walking. Doing this provided a lot of relief for a while. I don't get so much neck and shoulder tension now, and I can tell that my shoulders are definitely lower and less hunchy. So this aspect has improved.
2) The other aspect is still troubling me - the recurrence of often quite major knotty muscles and tension in the upper back area, around and slightly behind the shoulder blades, particularly on the right side. I can't seem to defeat this issue.
Here are the measures I've taken:
repeated visits to sports masseurs who are very effective at relieving tension and knots, until they begin to come back that is
more recently, some chiropractic treatment, which provided similar relief to the knots and tension, plus some spine and neck crunching. Always came back feeling much better - for a while....
various combinations of different computer mice solutions, lumbar support etc.
a few months ago I converted to use of a standup desk, after doing some research. Monitors at eye height, keyboard and mouse at level appropriate for forearms (elbows at right angles). For about 6 weeks this felt like 'hallelujah I've solved it'... but then the problems started creeping back.
I even use a handheld trackball mouse often, so I'm literally standing straight in front of the computer with my arms by my sides, staring straight ahead. And yet I still get the problems.
use of spiky massage ball in a sock against the wall - brings temporary relief to trouble spots.
But I can't seem to beat this thing. We're not talking extreme pain here, but discomfort that becomes a builds up to become a real issue when working. Continuing treatment is costly, and I wondered if anyone could advise if there are any other approaches could try to attempt to minimize this issue.
Any advice much appreciated!