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Arrow Hunter

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Are there any physical therapy types out there that understand the kinesiology of shooting a bow? I’m looking for maintenance/rehab type exercises that involve the upper trapezius, the area between the shoulder and the neck on up to the side of the head. A couple of weeks ago I smacked my head really good off a roof bolt in an underground mine. Cracked my hard hat. That weekend I ran a new  bush hog for 4 hours straight with my right elbow leaning on the the seat’s arm rest while looking behind me to make sure the thing was tracking right. A very un-ergonomic position. Now I’ve got pains running up my neck on my draw arm side. I can shoot without pain but it is effecting my release. 
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You need to find a medical professional and get them to refer you to a good sports medicine practitioner.
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fdp- you are right and I know that and I’ll most likely go that route if things persist. But there has got to be some knowledge in a discipline (archery) that has been around for thousands of years that is become in part common knowledge among practitioners. You take baseball, a relatively recent sport, most players know the protocol for addressing specific aches and pains. Would visiting a physical therapist benefit me? Of course it would! But I’ve had better instructions from my grandmother regarding those type of maladies, and I’m not being sarcastic,  but she is no longer here. Been shooting bows going on 50 years. Probably should let things rest but wanted input to expedite the process since I’m on the cusp of deer season. 
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From what I understand in your OP those muscles, tendons, are injured. Rest and heat about all I would do but if pain persists the Ortho person would be my next step. 

  Yes, there are some excerises that can be done like with bands but agian your injured, that needs to heal first. We tend to want to “Man Up” and continue with life, I speak from experience here, but now I am paying the price with constant back pain as my example. 


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Maybe....lay off a week and let those newly worked and abused muscles settle down before seeing a pro.  After a week, if still an issue,  then consider it an option.
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https://www.archery-strong.com/


Check out this website. After a shoulder injury a couple years ago, I used this for about six months religiously. Other sports medicine PTs didn’t get it—this guy, Christian, does. 

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Thanks for all the replies. I need to stop whining and take a break to let things rest. It’s more of an annoyance especially so since deer season is around the corner and will be the first time using a longbow. 
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