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    Default upper/mid back muscles tight, best way to loosen?

    My back (about the entire thing) is very tight of years of sitting at desks and not doing much else. Plus I worry a lot, so the tension is incredibly focused there. I am doing a lot of stretching(morning, night and even at work), but what are some really good back stretching excercises to really loosen up the muscles once and for all. 15+ years of this is getting to me. Since working out the past 2.5 mo's and doing stretches has finally helped (some), but I still have ways to go. What are the VERY BEST things to loosen up my back? Any ideas? I have read the threads and sections on stretches here and have incorporated some in my daily routines, looking for the best ones and any other ideas that will help the discomfort from this that anyone might have.
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    Deadlifts and continue stretching

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    I'll continue the stretching and will add deadlifts to my repetore. Thanks for the feedback.

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    You could also use a foam roller. They are just a long foam cylinder. All you do is lie on it and roll back and forth on it. Check this link.

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    Good suggestion, watched the video and printed off 4-5 I will try. I forgot I have a foam roller at home from 8 years ago or so. I will try it this weekend, thanks!

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    Could try doing Yoga, that can help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegreat View Post
    Could try doing Yoga, that can help.
    Just what I was going to suggest...it really does help loosen up the upper back area, if your flexible enough to give it a shot.

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    I am totally inflexible. The tightness in my muscles aren't just in my back. I'm stretching morning, day and evening trying to fight it once and for all. Not sure if yoga is for me, I'll look into it a little more. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    I've been trying to find a descrip online of how I use a ball that is football-sized. Anyway, see point 4, in the following article:

    http://www.howtodothings.com/health-...ease-technique


    The ball can be placed in the lower back area, or the hip area, and the shoulder/upper back area depending on which part you want to loosen...it does work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1991NSX View Post
    I am totally inflexible. The tightness in my muscles aren't just in my back. I'm stretching morning, day and evening trying to fight it once and for all. Not sure if yoga is for me, I'll look into it a little more. Thanks for the suggestion.
    I'm the same way, just started doing light yoga once in a while when I can, so can't say if it works or not yet. I would suggest going the route I did: getting some cheap beginner dvd's and doing the routines, rather than making a fool of myself in a class full of flexible women, haha.

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    5kg - links not working, but it sounds interesting will check back later, perhaps it will work for me.

    Pete - being in a room full of flexible women doesn't sound bad, where do I sign up?

 

 

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