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  • Spine Tingle (during rack chins)

    I've had some issues with pull ups hurting the tie-in area around the lat/shoulder area but luckily never had issues with rack chins, and they've been a favorite of mine over the last 4 years or so.

    Well 3 workouts ago on my last set I felt a tingling sensation at mid spine level near the end of the set. I tried it again last week and the issue came up again. Tried it a final time yesterday and it was present on both sets. I stopped the set a little early as this is a pretty freaky phenomenon and I'm concerned there's going to be a sudden snap or something causing a big issue.

    Anyone have any idea what this is? Unfortunately I will have to now take this exercise out and as mentioned have already had to take weighted pull-ups out as well due to the lat/teres major issue. Leaving me with pretty much just pulldowns on a crappy machine :\

    Also I get a similar but less significant sensation at the cervical vertebrae during heavy barbell curls. This is all new, within the last month or so tops.

    Thanks for any help.

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    • #3
      Aside from the obvious CANCER per Sammich above...

      1. Talk to a doc

      2. I experienced something similar (tingling and even stabbing pains which actually made me dizzy and nauseous) in my upper back/traps/neck. I think you just have seriously tight traps and rhomboids. I suggest deep tissue massage, heat, and jamming your trap area against the bar of a leg press. Roll around that area for a few minutes.

      3. What also helped was to play around with how far I rested my ankles for rack chins. Further out, I felt strain, closer in with torso very perpednicular to the floor, not so much pain.
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      • #4
        need to see a vid of the rack chins. You could be rounding your back entirely and not staying upright through the lift..

        Go see a Dr and/or a PT..Much better than asking people on the internet. health first

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          Originally posted by Sammich View Post
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          Sammich, your comments crack my shit up all the time, so blunt and random.
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          • #6
            Unfortunately I don't think there are good chiros too close by but there are plenty of doctors. But my experience with doctors is many don't seem to know what they're talking about and I feel like if I go to my GP he will just say "well it could be a pinched nerve, you should find a substitute exercise".

            Originally posted by theroymccoy View Post
            Aside from the obvious CANCER per Sammich above...

            1. Talk to a doc

            2. I experienced something similar (tingling and even stabbing pains which actually made me dizzy and nauseous) in my upper back/traps/neck. I think you just have seriously tight traps and rhomboids. I suggest deep tissue massage, heat, and jamming your trap area against the bar of a leg press. Roll around that area for a few minutes.

            3. What also helped was to play around with how far I rested my ankles for rack chins. Further out, I felt strain, closer in with torso very perpednicular to the floor, not so much pain.
            I have foam rolled and/or used a lacrosse ball on my upper back area for awhile now too. I don't feel any tighter than usual but who knows.

            I also have always had my feet fairly close as well. I know the standard form is to have legs straight out but I have always had the bench about 6+in. closer so my legs are somewhat bent. Making this even more confusing, I seem to be doing things right to not have issues.

            Originally posted by martin_h View Post
            need to see a vid of the rack chins. You could be rounding your back entirely and not staying upright through the lift..

            Go see a Dr and/or a PT..Much better than asking people on the internet. health first
            I'll try to get a video but I've been doing them the same way for 4 years now so it seems odd that there would be any significant change in form at this point.

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