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suryadaya2010-07-04 19:54:08 +0000 #1
For the last few weeks my upper back has been feeling - locked up. It doesn't hurt, it just feels like cords wrapped around the upper spine are keeping it sort of stiff . When I due a light backbend or stretch and yawn into a chair at work, my spine crackles like rice crispies in a refreshing and painless way but it feels like I'm not getting to whats really there.

And before anyone tells me its a symptom of prana blockage in the paths around the spine due to spiritual issues, I already thought of it (it was the first thing I thought of) and started incorporating tonglen. It has yet to have an affect on my upper back but I certainly do feel like I just loooooove everybody.

Anyway, I've added Sucirandhrasana, but I'm wondering what other asana might anyone recommend that I'm not thinking of? I have an upper spinal issue and so I'm staying away from sirsasana and sarvagasana until the rest of me is in a better place to welcome them, and chakrasana is out because its been tearing up my wrists. Cobra, cat pose, light backbending help, but they don't seem to be hitting the right spot. I keep thinking there are some really basic upper-body gentle twists that hit that area that I've forgotten about due to lack of use.


InnerAthlete2010-07-04 19:56:11 +0000 #2
You mention some very frisky poses which do not appear to me to be at all related to releasing the muscles in the area in which you are seeking it.

Is there actually someone on the planet who would recommend Chakrasana for someone with upper back tension?

what sort of upper spinal issue? Is this not a therapeutic question that is being posed? I'm confused, sorry.
suryadaya2010-07-04 20:07:23 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by InnerAthlete



You mention some very frisky poses which do not appear to me to be at all related to releasing the muscles in the area in which you are seeking it.

Is there actually someone on the planet who would recommend Chakrasana for someone with upper back tension?

what sort of upper spinal issue? Is this not a therapeutic question that is being posed? I'm confused, sorry.

Suciradhrasana is often shown to stretch the upper back, neck. shoulders and hips. Chakrasana is often identified as a great stretch of the thoracic cage. Whether or not anyone would 'recommend' them to be for my upper back tension, I have found that in agreement with popular sources, both of them do have a positive effect on the tension in my upper thoracic area; with chakrasana and appropriate counterposes having the most effect. However with my wrist issues I am hesitant to incorporate it until I have given them time to heal and so that is why I'm asking for advice on other poses to relieve that tension.

The upper spinal issue I am aware of is a biphasic cervical curve that was addressed a few years ago by chiropractors. Just starting my yoga practice at the time, I questioned them on poses that might not be in my best interest and they advised laying off the neck until they could give me a clean bill of health in that area. Unfortunately for financial reasons I haven't gone in over a year and am playing it safe even though I don't feel neck pain anymore. When trying poses of that nature I have experienced neck tension that was not very good and so if incorporated at all it is very infrequently. While the upper spinal issue may play some role in my upper back tension these last few weeks, I'm certain that it has more to do with the incredible amount of overtime that I have been working at my uncomfortable desk. I stated the reference to my cervical issue *only* in order to describe why I would not be willing to try neck-intensive asana. I will address the issue of it when I befriend a chiropractor or resume my past therapies now that I have money to do so.

Whether or not this issue should be classified as therapeutic, I asked it here because it is something that is causing me some frustration, anxiety and distress and I equate health with the absence of things which cause me to feel those. It also makes me feel as though I have less energy because I am hesitant to move as freely.

Thank you for writing back though.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 20:41:48 +0000 #4
Oh I see. Thank you for clarifying.
Pandara2010-07-04 21:50:27 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by suryadaya



I'm certain that it has more to do with the incredible amount of overtime that I have been working at my uncomfortable desk.

Hi,

Don't you think you should correct your "uncomfortable desk" first of all and then see if the rest won't sort itself out? This "uncomfortable desk" seems to be the root of your problems, to me in any case.

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