I’m hoping one of the coaches can chime in with an answer to this question. Also, I wonder if any one else who challenges the traps with lifting has this experience…
After doing various o-lifts and helper exercises that really hit my traps, I find wearing a bra strap to be very uncomfortable. The whole rest of the day after lifting, I’m constantly shifting around the strap because it bothers me. My strap sits wear the trap curve ends and the upper delt curve starts to rise. I don’t have discomfort with the strap when I’ve not lifted for more than a day. The strap is firm but not uncomfortable.
In addition to the discomfort of the strap, I’m finding my shoulders are having problems with pain around the upper deltoid. Sometimes the muscle origin, sometimes the insertion point.
Here’s the question:
Is it possible or likely, that wearing a tight bra shoulder strap after working the traps and deltoid muscles could hinder repair and/or damage those muscles?
The therapist I saw to try to address the shoulder pain problems told me that I had adhesions and the possible beginnings of calcifications around the deltoid origin and trap insertion near the acromium. This is basically where my bra strap sits. I didn’t think of the question at the time to ask him. The question occurred to me later. I was reading some articles about proteolytic enzymes and their potential ability to repair adhesions and scar tissue in muscles. The article described the blood transport, etc. that occurs after lifting to bring in nutrients and repair the micro-trauma. If a bra strap reduces the blood flow then that might lead to reduced repair, right?
Any thoughts or experience with this?