My shoulder/supraspinatus gets "hot" or inflamed when I lift weights. I wonder if getting a short massage or other treatments might help me recover faster.
MaryAnn Sumaraga (Modesto, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
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Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Mar 6, 2012
Your neck, shoulder, upper back and upper arm muscles should all be aligned. Homeopathic medication can be helpful.
Kevin Howley (Plymouth, MI) on Mar 6, 2012
Absolutely! What may be happening is that you are causing fatigue in this muscle, the tendon or the fascia covering the muscle. Or your workout may be causing ischemia, a lack of blood flow, if you are holding the weight for too long. Sports massage or neuromuscular therapy can help find and relieve the cause of pain and mild inflammation. Visit http://neuromusculartherapist.com for more info.
Janet Duffy (West Chester, PA) on Mar 6, 2012
It's possible that you are injured, and you may be making the condition worse by lifting. If your shoulder hurts, don't lift weights. Seek professional help from a doctor, who may prescribe an MRI. If there is a tear in this particular rotator cuff muscle and it is not too severe, ice will help with the inflammation. Massage can help promote circulation to the area, which will help it to heal faster.
Kevin Franklin (Brandon, FL) on Mar 6, 2012
You have come to the right therapist. I suffer from this myself, although it's mostly in the upper trap muscle for me. But the solution is the same. First off is this a reoccurring injury? I would need to know before I could properly treat you. Either way, massage is a must. Get massage regularly. Ice after events or workouts. Then apply heat at home. That works for me. Keep in mind that I'm not a doctor and I don't diagnose. I take the facts and try and help within my scope of practice. Thanks.
Sue Moore (, ) on Mar 6, 2012
Yes it will help but you need to do more specific warm up stretches to that particular area, hold your stretches for at least thirty seconds and repeat in sets of three. If you are doing that then lift with your weak side so that the weak side does not have to work harder and become more inflamed. There are several answers depending on a more defined reason of why it may be happening. I hope that this helps Sue Moore
David Barr (Seattle, WA) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage will help you recover faster, if done after your weightlifting sessions, without the side effects of Advil. Further, there are a number of techniques in Sports Masssage that may be useful to explore before your weightlifting sessions. Proper passive stretching and other warm up exercises can help prepare your muscles, and reduce the micro injuries that cause these kinds of problems.
Joseph DeBoo (Naperville, IL) on Mar 6, 2012
The answer to your question is yes. Not only would massage therapy hasten the recovery time of the muscle, but it would aid in the development of muscle tone. As a matter of fact, that is what sports massage is all about.
Crystal Balboa (Desert Hot Springs, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage helps release tension. Drink more water and take deep breaths during your workout to get more oxygen to the muscles. Avoid repetitive movements.
Nicole Ewart (Seattle, WA) on Mar 6, 2012
Getting massage could definitely help your muscles bounce back quicker for several reasons. I would recommend finding someone who has had experience doing sports massage. First, massage can help rid muscles of cellular waste (lactic acid). Second, pushing oxygen rich blood into your muscle tissue will feed your muscles what they need to be healthy. Third, you may notice a delayed onset of muscle soreness after your workout and may not need to take any meds after your workout. Studies have shown that getting a sports massage after a workout helps athletes feel less fatigued and recover more quickly from their activity. I would also like to remind you remember how important it is to exercise smart. Drink lots of water, use good body mechanics and always warm up and cool down.
Anne Hartley (Gahanna, OH) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage can certainly help quicken recovery. In fact, it might be best to rest the area for a while and temporarily give up lifting weights.Lifting weights while you have a problem can definitely aggravate the area, and you could end up with a worse problem. Using ice can numb the area but doesn't necessarily heal. Taking Advil too often can wear down joint tissues and cause liver or kidney damage. Remember, pain is a warning of something wrong. I do not believe in "no pain, no gain".
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
I would first try to figure out what is really going on in your shoulder. In a healthy body, this should not occur.
Lauren McGregor (Hollywood, FL) on Mar 6, 2012
Yes, massage would definitely help you. I would recommend someone how can really help you stretch or sports massage. You might want to first let your body rest for a day or two before hitting the weights.
Peter Proto (Meriden, CT) on Mar 6, 2012
Only use ice to treat inflammation. The heat is working against you. Massage is good also.
Vanessa McKay (Orangeburg, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage can definitely help the muscles recover more quickly, however, I believe acupuncture and cupping may address the root problem of the muscle pain.
Wilton Valerio (New York, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
Light massage or acupuncture can help you recover faster after a workout. For a problem like this, cupping and electrical stimulation with acupuncture works wonderfully. If the muscles feel hot and inflamed, then it maybe a good idea to try different movements for those muscles. Repetitive movement, like shoulder presses and lateral raises can aggravate the muscles of the rotator cuff. Yoga and Pilates are good for developing muscular stability in the shoulders.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage will provide temporary relief. However, check with a physical trainer to ask if you are performing the lift correctly. You may be irritating the muscle by not resting it between workouts. G. Macinski, LMT
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage will provide temporary relief. However, check with a physical trainer to ask if you are performing the lift correctly. You may be irritating the muscle by not resting it between workouts. G. Macinski, LMT
Susan Powell (Las Vegas, NV) on Mar 6, 2012
Actually whats happening is you have restrictions in the connective tissue, called fascia ,that are limiting the range of motion, nerve, energy, blood and oxygen flow to the area that you are experiencing as a "hot spot." Getting a "spot massage" will help, but only temporarily. You also would also benefit from seeing a chiropractor, which will help put the structure back into alignment so that the nervous system and tissues will be able to function properly. But without bodywork, specifically myofascial release, the problem will return after a short time.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Mar 6, 2012
First of all, stop doing whatever is causing the inflammation. Opt for cold laser therapy or low level laser therapy. Once the condition is resolved, do not repeat the action. You can receive massage as long as it's not too intense and deep.
Desmond Diaz (Clermont, FL) on Mar 6, 2012
I would recommend reducing the weight load or to stop lifting for a few days to let it calm down a bit. Seeing a massage therapist skilled in medical or sports rehabilitation treatment would be beneficial in assessing the underlying cause of your inflammation. Without too much information one could assume you may have a strained or microtear in the shoulder. An MRI may be able to tell more. See a therapist first for a few visits, then slowly reintroduce the weights again. if things do not significantly improve, see your doctor as there may be more going on with the rotator cuff.
Rosemary Rickard (Tampa, FL) on Mar 6, 2012
Your shoulder should not be getting inflamed when lifting weights unless you are using too much weight or you are doing the exercises incorrectly. I suggest some form of structural integration as well as better instruction about how to do weight-bearing exercises.
Jacqueline Cole-Wright (Lehigh Acres, FL) on Mar 6, 2012
You may have damaged your rotator cuff. The supraspinatus is one of three muscles comprising the rotator cuff (the infraspinatus and teres minor being the other two). Sorry, Advil and Icy Hot won't fix this, especially if you're lifting weights through the pain. If you haven't done so already, get it checked out by your primary care physician. You can think about massage once you get the all clear.
Jeannette Hallerman (Hollis, NH) on Mar 6, 2012
Absolutely! If your shoulder is getting hot and inflamed from lifting weights, then you most likely have an injury in one of your rotator cuff tendons. There are 8 muscles in your rotator cuff. A massage therapist who specializes in these injuries can do muscle testing with you to determine exactly which tendon/muscle unit may be injured. From there, the therapist may suggest particular stretches and strengthening exercises that will target the correct muscles and tendons. Massage of this area and the upper back and neck will help to increase circulation to the injured tissues, break up scar tissue that may be binding or have healed incorrectly in the past, and speed recovery.
Sherry Glover (Austin, TX) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage would be very helpful in relieving the tension in the supraspinatus. A good massage therapist would work all the muscles in the shoulder to relieve all the muscles that keep the supraspinatus from relaxing. The length of time you have been experiencing this inflammation would determine how many sessions you would need to and if you would have to restrain from lifting weights for a period to allow healing to occur. I would recommend that you find a therapist in your area that does medical or rehabilitative massage.
David Sheltren (Santee, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a frequent problem after exercise. No universally accepted treatment exists. Massage therapy is often recommended for this condition but uncertainty exists about its effectiveness. AIM: To determine whether post-exercise massage alleviates the symptoms of DOMS after a bout of strenuous exercise. METHOD: Various literature searches were carried out and located seven controlled trials. RESULTS: Most of the trials were burdened with serious methodological flaws, and their results are far from uniform. However, most suggest that post-exercise massage may alleviate symptoms of DOMS. CONCLUSIONS: Massage therapy may be a promising treatment for DOMS. Cryotherapy has been proven to do wonders also. Breaking up the buil- up lactic acid within the muscles and circulating around surrounding muscles would reduce the symptoms of DOMS.. I would suggest bodywork!
Della Melville (Plainfield, IL) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage can definitely help your situation. Neuromuscular therapy may be your best option, as your pain is not likely where the problem is. Advil and Icy Hot may temporarily relieve your problem, but it won't get to the source of your pain. Thus, the pain will be likely to recur or get worse the more you lift weights.
Richard Ki (Orange, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
First put an ice pack on the area. Then two days later use a warming pad. Acupuncture treatment can boost the healing process, as it stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones.
Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Mar 6, 2012
No, massage would be contraindicated for your condition. Your condition is what we can an "acute" condition with inflammation and corresponding heat to the area and needs to be iced and rested for 24-48 hours. After the joint is no longer inflamed, then massage can be performed.
Robin Kania (Scottsdale, AZ) on Mar 6, 2012
Icy Hot and Advil are great quick fixes, but if you want to reduce the inflammation, massage would do you a world of good. Whenever you are weightlifting you are tearing the muscle fibers and that is what is most likely what is causing the "hot" feeling. My suggestion would be to get massage, but NOT deep tissue which is the direction many people think they should go. Rather find a therapist who can do myofacial release on you, loosening and stretching the muscle fibers, thus cutting down on the amount of inflammation when you workout. Once you find a good therapist, try and make it in once or twice a month to keep your body in good shape. Good Luck Robin
Nigel Hunt (New York, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
Ice the area twice a day until the pain and inflammation goes away. Nigel Hunt Masssage For Health And Fitness www.massage4healthfitness.com New York, NY
Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Mar 6, 2012
The recurring "heat" or "inflamed" sensation you are experiencing is a warning sign from your body that damage is occurring. Do NOT continue to lift weights. See a personal trainer to check your form and optimal load bearing. If you are experiencing pain or weakness in the shoulder or arm after (or during any part of) your work out - go directly to a doctor and have it checked. It is not uncommon for folks to have bad form and cause damage and/or load up more weight than the joint can actually manage. Massage can help, but identify what is really going on in your shoulder first.
Nanci Simari (Eastport, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
Acupuncture is great for releasing stressed muscles. You would have to keep up with treatments as you continue to lift weights, most likely.
Robert Conroy (San Diego, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
I would recommend a massage therapist who is trained in deep tissue and hot stone therapy. This pain can be caused by micro tears where the muscle attaches to the scapula. I use a massage spa in my practice and then do a hot stone/deep tissue treatment(that is never painful) and it really helps with this kind of problem - to help lengthen the muscle and relieve this type of discomfort. I am actually recommended by trainers at Gold's Gym for this type of problem.
Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage would be great for after workouts. You also want to make sure you are stretching before and after the workout. Nutrition wise: make sure you drinking plenty of steamed distilled water. Drink half your body weight in ounces. Alfalfa is great for joints., Get rotein daily from a plant source. You can mix cayenne pepper, olive oil, and peppermint oil into a paste and rub it into the muscle.
Daniel Cook (Woodinville, WA) on Mar 6, 2012
There's an old joke about this: Patient: "Doctor, it hurts when I lift my arm like this" Doctor: "Then don't lift your arm like that." Joking aside, inflammation and pain are signs from your body that all is not well. It is possible that you are overtraining the muscles or have an underlying injury, and the first thing to do is stop doing the exercise that causes the pain. You need to heal. Next, seek help from a massage therapist, personal trainer, physical therapist, acupuncturist, or other bodywork professional who has experience with sports medicine. Pain such as you describe could be anything from simple overuse to a significant (or gradually worsening) tear to tendinitis or bursitis, and of course I can't diagnose it via a letter. You need an expert to diagnose the problem and determine an appropriate course of action (which might be as simple as rest and ice, after all). Best of luck to you, Daniel T. Cook, EAMP, LMP
Larry Tipper (Wilmington, NC) on Mar 6, 2012
Lifting weights causes the muscle to be torn down. That is how muscle is built, however. Ice works for inflammation but I'd also suggest Epsom salt baths. About two cups of salt for 20 minutes is what I suggest.
Larry Amos (Castle Rock, CO) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage can help, but you need to lay off the weights. Stretching, rest, and icing need to be your focus until the pain with work is greatly reduced. Otherwise you can get yourself into a cycle of healing, then tearing. When you start to use weights, do forward and horizontal flexion of the shoulder with no more than one pound of weight.
Sandy Rabolli (Coral Springs, FL) on Mar 6, 2012
You should definitely stretch. Try the Parillo method - it works. A massage will help, as well as ice.
Said Alla (Chadds Ford, PA) on Mar 6, 2012
It might be a rotator cuff muscle injury, or one of those muscles linked to the shoulder blade could be tight. I would suggest massage, mostly of the upper back.
Cyretha Staton (Saint Louis, MO) on Mar 6, 2012
Yes, there are massage techniques and exercise that can be done to improve the strain of the supraspinatus. This injury is common in weight lifting, rowing, and baseball.
David Niyazov (Coral Springs, FL) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage will help flush lactic acid out of the area but you should still ice. Icy Hot works well, but I'm a fan of actual ice packs. Try modifying your exercise routine so you're not as sore.
Jonathan Liem (Monrovia, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
You're sure its the supraspinatus right? If it is (assuming you've done some tests like the drop arm test, painful arc, etc), I would try two things: Try putting a hot pack on the area before lifting to warm up the muscle. Then try icing it after you've done your sets. Old dancer trick. Be careful if you are lifting solely for cosmetic purposes. If the shoulder is getting inflamed, it could be that you haven't fully let the inflammation go down. Consider what Advil and Icy Hot will actually do. Advil will help with some pain, and may reduce inflammation, and Icy Hot can sort of trick the superficial nerves into calming down. I'd go to your health care provider or sports therapist, and talk to them about why specifically your supraspinatus is getting inflamed with use. If you are trying to do shoulder flys (abduct the humerus), and the muscle is getting consistently inflamed, something more is going on than just the muscle getting tired. I know this is not a straight answer, and of course, everyone wants a straight answer. Will massage help? It can. NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) is a very specific form of trigger point therapy that advanced therapists can perform for you. It could be that your supraspinatus has active trigger points that could be deactivated over a few sessions. However, that treatment should follow a checkup with your doctor or other healthcare provider. Other ways to approach the problem would be myofascial release and possibly somatics. Some trauma-based lymphatic drainage may help as well. Personally, I'd try to figure out what iss wrong to the best of your abilities first - especially if you're an athlete that needs your shoulder Range of Motion (ROM). After the inflammation dies down, I would (if it were me), look at isometric or light isotonic (regular) exercise to strengthen the supraspinatus. So yes, massage can help. It depends on the exact problem.
Daniel Haun (Oceanside, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
Firstly, let's review the function of the supraspinatus. It is part of the rotator cuff and the most easily injured part of the cuff. It assists in external rotation when the shoulder is abducted and internal rotation when the shoulder is flexed. If you feel a hot sensation in this area, your body might be telling you to back off and rest before you get a painful tear. You may also want to explore getting acupuncture and massage and trying out different ways to stay strong, such as yoga and Pilates. If it isn't getting better with rest, then I'd have it looked at by someone who specializes in sports medicine.
Rob Hundley (Broomfield, CO) on Mar 6, 2012
Yes, massage on your shoulder blade after lifting would be a great idea. You can also consider using an ice pack. Just be careful not to put the pack directly on your skin.
Jennifer Forte (Ithaca, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
Massage could definitely help ease the tension in your shoulder, as well as ice compresses, and stretching before and after working out. If the area is too inflamed for massage, you might want to try acupuncture.
Franco Ray (New York, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
Taking anti-inflammatories is a good idea, as long as you don't have an intolerance to them. Also, I would ice the area, and avoid stressing it. Massage will ease pain or discomfort and speed up recovery time. Hope this helps!
Ofer Orr (Jamaica - Estate, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
Ice the area to reduce inflammation. Rest the shoulder. Massage can help, as it increases blood flow to the area. Do fewer repetitions and lower the weight load. If it still hurts, see a physician to make sure you do not have a more serious injury.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
A cold stone massage will help with the heat and inflammation. And try a supplement call Beta Alanine. It gets the excess lactic acid out of your muscles, which causes the pain you are feeling, and speeds up recovery time.
Rebecca Vasquez (San Diego, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
It sounds like you might have tendinitis. I suggest using a liniment before working out to "warm up" the area and prevent tissue damage. After working out, use an acute injury liniment, which will cool the area and reduce any inflammation. Liniments are alcohol/water herbal infusions. I make three types that are all based on classical Chinese formulas. Each herbal liniment has been aged at least 6 months. Generally, you would apply the liniment and massage it into the area before and after a workout. Just please do not ice the shoulder! The liniments are $14.00 per 2 oz bottle (but they last FOREVER). If you are interested in ordering, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Rebecca Vasquez, L.Ac. acumaster.com
Meg Richichi (New York, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
The best way to start cooling down inflammation is to stop the activity for a while and assess the cause. Therefore, I always ask patients to avoid lifting weights for a few weeks while treating this type of shoulder injury. Treating shoulder injuries can be as simple as trigger point release on the supraspinatus and surrounding muscles to involvement of the cervical spine and shortening of the pectoralis muscles. I usually find after 2 to 4 sessions of acupuncture will resolve the problem. Last but not least - weight load and stretching are important factors to consider with any sports injury.
Carlos Aparicio (Alameda, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
It could be that you have a few trigger points that need to be released around the supraspinatus and the rest of the shoulder. I would recommend you do more stretching before you work out. If there is still major inflammation after massage I would recommend you see a doctor.
Michael Wolfes (Palm Desert, CA) on Mar 6, 2012
When your muscle(s) have symptoms like those you are describing, they are telling you to not only ice them, but to give them a rest. Take a break until they ease up.
Nadia Loury (Glenolden, PA) on Mar 6, 2012
Swedish massage would help, but I would recommend that you wait until the inflammation goes away.
Megan Dempsey (Denver, CO) on Apr 3, 2012
Yes, receiving massages regularly would help to alleviate this issue. When addressing more chronic issues, I would suggest to receive a 90 minute massage every 2 weeks. In addition to massage, as a professional, I would also have quite a few stretches to do daily. I would also recommend epsom salt soaks for the shoulder
Andrea Santoro (Forest Hills, NY) on Mar 26, 2012
I would strongly suggest a good stretching session before AND after your weight lifting. Instead of Advil or IcyHot, maybe try real ice after. Ice is a vaso-constrictor (causes the veins to decrease in circumference). Some of the swelling caused by the workout will be flushed out. If you belong to a gym, maybe they have a Massage Therapist that can give you a quick chair massage before you leave the club? It can be a case of trial and error, some things may or may not work for certain people. Circulating in nutrient-rich blood will definitely help your recovery after a lifting session.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Mar 24, 2012
By getting a regular treatment of Asian Body Therapy From a certify practitioner you can improve the way your body recover after a work out
Michael Moy (Willowbrook, IL) on Mar 20, 2012
stay off for 3 month, get acupuncture,massage and cupping freguently you will recover very fast.
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Mar 19, 2012
Hello: Getting massage can help yes,though you must stretch out better before and after. Also check your form when lifting. Ice therapy helps the inflamation,too.
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Chester Dickerson (Austin, TX) on Mar 18, 2012
Any form of alternative medicine may probably, but it is best to see if u may have a torn rotator cuff before trying any form of treatment. If in fact, u do not, then acupuncture and or massage may help in alleviating inflammation and pain.
Sharon Rose (Portland, OR) on Mar 18, 2012
RE: a previous answer: Pain meds and icy-hot are just treating the symptoms. You need to address the cause of the problem! First, see an experienced, educated personal trainer (they are NOT all the same!) to be sure your form is correct when you are weightlifting. Acupuncture and advanced massage techniques like counterstrain, Still, exhaustion, and myofascial will be helpful to retrain the muscles to work properly. A Swedish-style massage may relax you temporarily but will not last. Deep tissue work can be useful but don't let them dig too roughly: It will cause more inflammation and thus more scar tissue.
Efren Jimenez (Burbank, CA) on Mar 14, 2012
Supraspinatus is the name we give to the higher area of the scapula, as it is divided in two areas (supra and infraspinatus), the closest to the shoulder region. Based on my experience as a massage therapist, many of the symptoms you described are produced by the tension that lifting weights will creat and also by the repetitionof the same movement. There is a big chance that you have develop a trigger point in that area. Yes, a short, very focused and specific Deep Tissue massage or trigger point therapy massage will take care of this burning sensation.