I just read a success story by Armchair Linguist and parts of it really resonate. "I stopped having knee pain and my upper-back pain has receded a great deal. I still get it some, perhaps because it seems “legitimate” to me to be tense there." This really resonates with me because I have the same thoughts. I have a hard time with the tightness pain because structurally it makes "sense" for me to get tight there because I sit most of the day. And sometimes I feel a little better after exercise, which only further tries to get me to believe it as a structural cause. One of the interesting things that has happened to me recently is that I feel tight even when I know I am not. For example, there was a period of time when COVID first hit where I got really really tight (in my mind because I was lounging around the house all day) but in reality could have been because I was very stressed that my mom had COVID and was not doing well. I was so tight I had to sleep with an ice pack and I woke up crying in the middle of the night. I tried to do childs pose but was too tight to get all the way down and had to work at it. When I got past a fear of exercising then (a doctor recommended 30 min per day) I felt amazing relief. Almost instantly I wasn't tight anymore. I was shocked. But, as time went on - though I continued light exercise - I felt this tightness again, but this time it was different. I could do childs pose, and was arguably not tight, but i still felt tight all the time, and this is where I am at now. I know I need to get past my belief of lack of exercise and long periods of sitting = tightness, and exercise = no tightness, but I gotta say it is challenging. Would love to know if anyone has had a similar situation and has any advice.