Dave, I also have problems with sleeping now. I usually sleep on my side. And since the injuries, I tend to wake up with extremely sore shoulders. I was told to sleep on my back, and I’m trying to train myself to do that. But everytime I wake up, I’m on my side.
As for my injuries, I was being treated for biceps tendonitis in my right shoulder. I had this done during October, Novemeber and the beginning of December. This occurred as a result of benching. And it has been something I’ve had for the past six years. I just happened to have it looked at because I also had tendonitis in my knee. So I had the PT work on both problems. Unfortunately, my health insurance only gave me so many visits.
As for the other shoulder, I suffered a slight separation while mountain biking in December. That is the one that hurts the most when I wake up in the morning. Otherwise it’s not too bad. But it does hurt when doing any type of rowing movement. After benching, I have more pain in the other shoulder.
And yes, I live in Gainesville, by the University of Florida. So there are plenty of massage therapists in town. I’m going to someone that is a little more expensive, but I’ve worked a deal so that I pay $45 for an hour. She’s pretty good, and she was recommended.
While going through PT I did work on my rotators more so. The PT said my external rotators had good strength, but my internal rotators needed more work. She also said my shoulders were weak overall. So that is part of the problem. Somehow I need to strengthen them without overhead presses.
I finally bought some of those hot/cold packs. So I’ll be using them during the week. That along with massage therapy and the supplements should help.
It’s frusturating because I have lost so much strength. Last night, I worked out with 55lb dumbbells on my inclines and flat benches. I did 8-10 reps. Prior to injuries, I could handle 65-85lb dumbbells. It sucks, but I know that I can get my strength back quickly. I just need the pain to go away.
And if you need to know, my stats are as follows. I’m 25 (26 next month), I’m 5’4", 145lb, currently about 11-13 percent bodyfat. I have been working out for nearly eight years. I began hitting the weights after I graduated high school. Too bad T-mag and Ian King weren’t available to me then. I’ve become aware of so many mistakes that I’ve made until recently.
As for ART, I would love to have that done. Unfortunately, the nearest person is in Sarasota. That is about a 3-4 hour drive. Which isn’t too bad. But the fact that I would need to take time off of work every time I needed a visit is the problem. And I know the visits would be extremely expensive, and most likely not covered by my health insurance. It would be nice to have someone closer.
If anyone has anymore questions or comments, please let me know! Thank you.