My left Levator Scapulae is tight like hell today (probably from incorrectly lifting a heavy gas bottle yesterday) and it is causing some undesirable effects. It is even noticeable in the mirror. I just came back from a doctor that has told me to avoid exercises involving that muscle, take a muscle relaxant and correct my posture. Additionally, I asked how long this may take, and the answer was: probably weeks or even months.
The question: what exercises can be done to still keep on working your upper body, at least up to some extent, that minimize involvement of the Levator Scapulae?
That was the general form of the question. Now, to add some detail, these are the exercises in my workout. I would like to change as little as possible:
- Goblet Squat (which probably will have to be air squats now)
- One Arm Bent-Over Row
- One Arm Shoulder Press (this is probably what must be substituted)
- Wrist work (it was neg chin-ups, but I had to stop until strengthening my grip)
All in the pink light dumbbells and high reps range for the moment.
I have just came back from a tendonitis. I am working too in the problem of weak/painful wrists. And a few days ago I solved the problem of lower abdomen pain after doing air squats, by effective learning how to stretch the hip flexors. And now this new thing arises. My body is a crap... I really need to get it in shape, but the beginning is being very difficult...