Why Do You Feel Tightness in Muscles?
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People usually know very less about muscles and often confuse them with other parts of the body when it comes to treating them. Here is what muscle tightness actually means and what you can do to prevent it.

Muscle Tightness Means Many Things

When someone talks about feeling tightness in their muscles, they are not revealing what’s actual problem. They are just expressing a feeling and a massage therapist cannot help you like that. So we try to figure out if-

  • You have a bad range of motion.
  • Or you are okay with the range of motion but the movement is falling apart at the end range and taking too much effort
  • Or you don’t have have any problem with the movement at all and that particular area is always bothering you.
  • Or you don’t have any problem with that area, nor with movement but it is a vague feeling that is too low as compared to a pain.

These points easily explain that muscle tightness is just a feeling but a difficult one to track. We have seen clients who never really feel pain or any vague sort of thing in their hamstrings but they cannot touch their feets with their hands. They end up making it barely to the knee. This muscle tightness is clearing referring to not having an accurate range of motion.

Most of the people agree to this thing and even have plans to get over it. You all might want to reconsider your plans, because I have few things for you. Stop aggressive stretching of muscles, or adhesion breaking or fascia smashing. Here we have total understanding of muscle tightness.

Why Does It Happens?

Many people don’t understand how a muscle can feel tight even when it looks physically quite loose. It happens only with people who think too much about muscles or is there any other issue? Feeling of tightness is just a false alarm many times by our mind. It happens even in the sleep when we adjust our bodies from one side to another. But most of the time, it happens due to lack of blood flow to nerves, stress and not having adequate rest.

How To Cure It?

As I said earlier, it is just a kind of pain that is too less to be called pain. So we can treat it and cure it like pain but on a lower level. We can fight with the emotions, thoughts, memories etc. to make it all clear from every side. Some pains originated with bad posture or certain movements can only be changed by changing these movements and postures.

Whereas the more complex pains depend on many factors including, sleep duration, diet, stress level, emotional state, general exercise, time of day and other random things. In these situations, people don’t really find the accurate answers. Sometimes these pains turn into chronic pains which are hard to get rid off.

So below is a list of things people try to perform many times in these chronic pain situations. By going through it, you’ll get to know how few things are completely wrong.

Stretching

Stretching muscles that were in same position for a while is common everywhere. And it feels relaxed too when we stretch. But the thing with stretching is that people suffering from chronic tightness never feel its relaxation. This strategy fails against them and it clearly means how it is not that much about bad mechanics but very much about sensitivity. Problem arises when so many people and even many massage therapists in Delhi think that these pains might need a level up of stretching. Aggressive stretching only makes an effect if the base of the problem was a short tissue. But when root is the more about sensitivity, stretching aggressively will just make it worse for you.

So a question remains if stretching is good or not? As I said before, if you feel relaxed by doing it then just do it but if you don’t then never try to overdo it.

Tissue Level Work For Tightness

Many therapists recommend having tissue level treatments like deep tissue massages, Graston, foam rolling, IASTM, ART for a proper care of short tissues and give them length. However, these things are just another level of lies because you can never give length to short tissues.

Now, if we talk about the sensitivity issue, then tissue level massages are helpful. It descends the inhibition of a factor that is the cause of sensitivity called nociception.

Overall, having a good tissue level massage is good for you but it will be a temporary treatment. Because all it does is create balance in the muscle and as soon as you get back to your normal state, it is all same.

Movement Therapy in Muscle Tightness

Movement therapy is one of the best known treatment for tight muscles. It is like breaking the habit of something you have always been doing wrong. Motor control approaches make you change your postures timely, change your breathing habits. These all result is eliminating parasitic tension and automatically develops a relaxation skill.

I know habits are hard to break but if you try, movement therapy can make your movements right.

Exercise and Training

The biggest hoax about exercise is that it makes your muscles tight. Of course muscles are tense during exercise but that is nowhere connected to a tight muscle problem. In fact, exercise and a good training are way more better than stretching. People also think that muscles get less flexible and shorter with exercise which nowhere near truth. A good range of exercise increases your flexibility. It makes local adaptations for improving endurance in muscles. A muscle coming from training is very less to suffer a metabolic distress. It also lowers down the nervous system sensitivity.

Though you should never overwork because if it helps then it can destroy too. Don’t letting your muscles recover from training can make them sore and stiff.

Conclusion

Whenever you find yourself a little stiff, just keep in mind that it is a feeling. You don’t have to show any aggressive approach towards muscle tightness and have to find an effective and simple way of fighting it.