One of the reasons for muscle tightness is muscle weakness. Muscles tighten to protect themselves from injury. Muscle tightness can also due to some physical activity, wrong sitting positions, etc. Muscle knots and muscle tightness can be extremely painful making even simple tasks hard to do. Emotional and physical stress can contribute muscles to tense and spasm causing soreness and pain. Muscle tightness may also happen due to the stiffness of muscles which is due to the inflammation of the muscles or joints. Obesity, diabetes, infections, hormonal balances can also cause inflammation of muscles leading to stiffness.
How to reduce muscle tightness?
There are some simple and quick steps to get rid of muscle tightness.
The exact point where the muscle discomfort due to knots or tightness occurs is known as “Trigger point”. By massaging gently around the sore area, the knot or most painful muscle area can be identified. Then, slight pressure is applied with a single finger for 30 - 60 seconds, in that point. After 30 seconds pressure should be released. This is repeated for 2 - 3 times, in a day and then repeated all through the day until the knot softens up, which makes the toxins from the Trigger Point to discharge.
In order to minimize the muscle tightness to a greater extent, a foam roller can be of help. Foam rollers can be used in the place of a deep tissue massage specially to massage the thigh area, outside of thigh area, the calf muscles, groin area, and lower/upper back, neck/shoulder areas. Generally, the body weight will be appropriate to exert pressure on the muscles with the foam roller against the ground. A person should lie on the top of the foam roller in such a way that the muscle to be treated is on top of the roller. By lifting the feet from the floor, the muscle must be supported directly on the foam roller and hands are kept on the floor to balance. Then, the person should smoothly roll back and forth. If the person strikes an area which is sore, he should hold at that specific point for 30 seconds, and then go on with it by rolling back and forth in a gentle way. Until the area is free from tightness, the foam roller can be used whenever needed.
What are the other ways to reduce Muscle tightness?
Stretching: The quick and easy way to relieve tight muscles is to stretch. Stretching can be done practically anywhere. It is done by slowly and gently stretching the muscles in the affected part of the body. For instance, if the neck muscles feel tight, one can slowly and carefully roll his/her head to stretch the neck muscles. Also, few simple stretching exercises such as leg stretches, hamstrings, quadriceps and calf stretches can also be done. Leg stretches not only relieves muscle tightness and aches in leg, but also in all parts of the body. Stretching is a great way to maintain a You do not have access to view this node's range of motion
Massage: Another best way to relieve muscle tightness is to get a massage. This alternative may slightly an expensive one than stretching, but can be very helpful. A trained massage therapist can locate the muscles that need loosening and will apply the correct amount of pressure to get rid of the tightness.
Cold pack: Tight, strained muscles may also be benefited from cold compresses. This technique involves resting the strained muscle and applying ice wrapped in a towel for 15 minutes at a time, leaving the ice off the area for a minimum of 20 minutes after each application. For this purpose, frozen vegetable pack or a cold pack which are especially designed for relieving muscle strain can be used.
Taking a Warm bath: A less-expensive choice is to soak in a hot bath or stand under a hot shower for some time. The heat of the water will assist in soothing the tightness of your muscles. For much better results, one can use aromatic oils or bath products to help relieve the stress and aches much more. Epsom salts which can be added to the bath water have also been used conventionally to treat muscle aches.
Homeopathy medication such as Magnesium phosphoricum and Matricaria recutitais are good at reducing inflammation and stiffness. Arnica helps promote the healing of connective You do not have access to view this node, cartilage and You do not have access to view this node.