My back is stiff and sometimes sore, but the pain seems to "move around" somehow. So, for instance, I had a spot on my right side at the lower part of my ribcage that was sore, and I kept stretching and massaging it. At some point, that kind of "released" but then my left shoulder blade started hurting! And now I'm noticing some tightness in my left hip.
I think I have some compensatory issues going on. I'm able to stay active, lift weights, and generally do what I want, but I haven't quite figured out how to "cure" this issue. Basically, I just work around it, try to stretch frequently, massage the sore areas, and so on. I'm perfectly functional, I'm just a bit uncomfortable and really can't understand why my back pain is moving around to different locations.
My best guess is that different muscles are trying to maintain my spinal alignment and when I manage to release one spot, another spot tightens up. Does that sound right? If so, is there a way to deal with this all at once, or am I stuck just chasing each issue as it arises?
I do get frequent chiropractic adjustments, and they help, fwiw.