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    Quit workouts due to body

    First off thanks for taking the time to read this and giving any sort of response. Ill start off a little about me. Im 26 years old and have been very active my whole life. In high school I was a all region baseball player that played year round and shortly after graduating I found myself in the gym. It quickly became my passion and admittingly my obsession. I made a lot of good progress my first 3-5 years and was extremely happy with what I had accomplished. When i decided to try taking it the next level i realized I had a ton of past injuries that have resulted in huge muscle knots and pains. I have always been a more slender build (6'3" 180lb) but i wanted to try making it up to around the 195-200 mark. When i started the journey a lot of these old muscle pains and imbalances started to haunt me. I have a terrible knot in my left trap up by my neck which results in headaches and a pretty raised shoulder. I have never been able to do more than 3-4 pull ups at a time due to a sharp pain i have by my right shoulder blade, I struggle to get good contraction on biceps during any workout and same goes for my chest. I have gone to physical therapy for some of my issues but has been difficult to keep up with $100 a week just to workout. I havnt been in the gym the last 2-3 years now and have been dying to get back in but everytime i do i get discouraged cause these imbalances hinder my workouts even with light weight. I use a muscle hook couple times a day try to break some of these up. I constantly stretch my neck cause the knot causes headaches, i use to foam roll for hours a day as well as do yoga for an hour. Im wondering if there are any types or tricks anyone has figured out to really help break up some of these knots. Im nervous if i dont try getting back in soon im going to lose all motivation to continue in the future.
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    are you sure it's just a muscle knot and not a tumor? honestly get totally checked out to make sure you don't have some underlying neck issue and then just simply adjust your workouts to account for imbalances. if you need to some lighter high rep neck and trap work then do it. also perhaps readjust your workout entirely for a few months and do something totally new. sometimes we fall into a pattern of the same things and need to shake it up to get out of a rut. focus on healing up before pushing yourself further into the ****ter. you can get stronger over time, but if you keep building on some ****ed up trap/neck issue without addressing them it might be harder to correct later. also this sounds weird, but if it's possible setup a camera and watch how you sleep in the night. maybe you're contorting around or sleeping in weird positions that are wrecking your neck. good luck.
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    It is okay to do some low-rep work on your neck and traps if need be. You should do something totally new for a few months as well and adjust your workout entirely. It is sometimes necessary to shake up our routines in order to get out of our ruts.
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