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One Simple Solution for Very Tight Muscles (Not Just Stretching)

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Other common conditions that may cause stiff muscles include: insect bite or sting infection injury from extreme heat or cold anesthesia or medication used for surgery. Muscle stiffness differs from the typical muscle soreness you feel after an intense gym session. Whereas muscle soreness is caused by tiny tears in the muscles themselves and typically subsides within a few days, muscle stiffness is generally the result of muscle disuse, misuse and poor posture. Secondary conditions which can also cause muscle stiffness are infections, insect sting or bite, anesthesia, and medications from surgery and injury from intense cold or heat.

In most cases, symptoms of muscle stiffness can be treated at home. Treatment aims towards dealing with the underlying causative factor and hence alleviates the symptom of muscle tightness. What Causes Muscle Tightness In Legs?

Muscle tightness in the legs is a sensation which is associated with cramps in legs. Muscle cramps may occur due to a variety of reasons, however some of the more common causes includ. Stiff fingers can be cumbersome, and arthritis or minor injuries are common causes.

In some cases, health issues involving the bones, connective tissues, or muscles in the hand are responsible. A. myofascial pain syndrome, which causes inflammation in muscular connective tissues called fascia infections, such as the flu, polio, or bacterial infections autoimmune disorders such as. The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries.

This type of pain is usually localized, affecting just a few muscles or a small part of your body. Systemic muscle pain — pain throughout your whole body — is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication. If you experience pain, swelling, or stiffness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs for more than six weeks, you may have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This autoimmune diseases causes your immune system to mistakenly attack the lining of the joints, known as the synovium.

RA causes inflammation that can damage joints over time. Know the Causes Several everyday activities, as well as training exercises, may lead to muscle stiffness. Moving an object away from your body reliably produces tight muscles. For example, athletes who throw things typically have greater stiffness in their dominant arm. Treatments for Causes of Muscle stiffness.

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Muscle stiffness: Abdominal muscle strain muscle stiffness Alpers Syndrome increased muscle tone Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, familial muscle stiffness Bicep muscle strain muscle stiffness Calf muscle strain muscle stiffness.

List of related literature:

Stiffness and aching of muscles are common in hypothyroidism and are worsened by cold temperatures.48 Delayed muscle contraction and relaxation cause slowness of movement and delayed tendon jerks.44 Muscle mass may be reduced or enlarged due to interstitial myxedema.

“Williams Textbook of Endocrinology” by Shlomo Melmed, MBChB, MACP, Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, P. Reed Larsen, MD, FRCP, Henry M. Kronenberg, MD
from Williams Textbook of Endocrinology
by Shlomo Melmed, MBChB, MACP, Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

Physical overexertion commonly results in muscle pain, and muscular pain can be caused by strain, rupture, or spasm of muscle tissue.

“Comprehensive Biomedical Physics” by Anders Brahme
from Comprehensive Biomedical Physics
by Anders Brahme
Elsevier Science, 2014

Vibratory massage and short term recovery from muscular fatigue.

“Managing Sports Injuries e-book: a guide for students and clinicians” by Christopher M Norris
from Managing Sports Injuries e-book: a guide for students and clinicians
by Christopher M Norris
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

It is proposed that by increasing tissue temperature, heat therapy can reduce pain, muscle spasm, joint stiffness and edema.

“Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery E-Book” by Kenneth W Hinchcliff, Andris J. Kaneps, Raymond J. Geor
from Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery E-Book
by Kenneth W Hinchcliff, Andris J. Kaneps, Raymond J. Geor
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

One way to minimize aches and pains is to relax joints and muscles prior to exercise by applying heat (or soaking in a warm bath), or to gently massage muscles or apply ice packs.

“Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals” by David Haber, PhD
from Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals
by David Haber, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, 2013

Stiffness and aching of muscles are common in hypothyroidism and are worsened by cold temperatures.49 Delayed muscle contraction and relaxation cause slowness of movement and delayed tendon jerks.45 Muscle mass may be reduced or enlarged due to interstitial myxedema.

“Williams Textbook of Endocrinology E-Book” by Shlomo Melmed, Ronald Koenig, Clifford Rosen, Richard Auchus, Allison Goldfine
from Williams Textbook of Endocrinology E-Book
by Shlomo Melmed, Ronald Koenig, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

In early stages of the disease, stiffness occurs due to protective spasm of the muscles around the joint.

“Essential Orthopaedics: (including Clinical Methods)” by J Maheshwari, Vikram A Mhaskar
from Essential Orthopaedics: (including Clinical Methods)
by J Maheshwari, Vikram A Mhaskar
Jaypee Brothers,Medical Publishers Pvt. Limited, 2019

Soaking in a hot tub when the water temperature exceeds 98.6°F causes these muscle fasciculations to cease.

“Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution” by Leonard Shlain
from Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution
by Leonard Shlain
Penguin Publishing Group, 2004

Apply heat, as prescribed—relieves muscle spasm and stiffness; avoid prolonged application of heat—may cause increased swelling and flare symptoms.

“Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice” by Sandra M. Nettina
from Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
by Sandra M. Nettina
Wolters Kluwer Health, 2013

Continued inflammation can cause calcium to be deposited in the muscles, tendons, and joints, creating more inflammation, thereby perpetuating the cycle.

“A Tooth from the Tiger's Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warrior” by Tom Bisio
from A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warrior
by Tom Bisio
Atria Books, 2009

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  • Can you break down adhesions with press and move techniques? For example by pressuring the forearm muscles firmly and moving the hand? Or what would be the best way to do it, if “scraping” and foam rolling does not work

  • Keep genetics in mind, also.
    And, this pathology of hypertonic muscles:
    “As to a disorder, upper motor neuron lesions which may result from injury, disease, or conditions that involve damage to the central nervous system. The lack of or decrease in upper motor neuron function leads to loss of inhibition with resultant hyperactivity of lower motor neurons.”

  • Hi I m having neuromuscular strain due to side effect of homeopathy medicine now I have tension type head ache for simple emotions how to resolve suggest kindly pls

  • Tightness is subjective in that it is based on individual expectations and goals.

    In your anecdotal hamstring example if your expectation was to be able to touch your toes and you can’t, then due to the objective fact you can’t, the subjective belief is you’re tight.

    Muscle fibre length is fundamentally related to activation.
    Acute overload = acute shortening imposed by inflammatory processes to promote healing.

    Progressive overload = progressive lengthening to promote joint MOBILITY as strength capacity improves.

    Progressive under load = progressive shortening to reinforce joint STABILITY as strength capacity reduces.

    Both Adaptations increase chances of survival of the organism based on its environment and function.

    Easy to see this when we look at stroke victims spasticity and shortening/contracture through inability to sufficiently activate a muscle. The shortening response to inactivity eventually provides joint reinforcement, allowing weight bearing and gait to return after spasticity has stabilised flaccid joints. Therefore Improving their chances of survival.

    What we subjectively call tightness, i interpret as relative weakness based on previous experience and objective capacity.

  • I clicked on your amazon link..the package I see doesn’t have the large foam roller. maybe I’m just not seeing the one you’re rerrering to with the 4 pieces??? thanks

  • Winner of a video, I been tryin to find out about “what vitamins are good for joint pain?” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across Peyandon Dumbstruck Primacy (should be on google have a look )? It is a great one of a kind product for discovering how to eradicate joint pain using natural ingredients minus the normal expense. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my cousin got cool success with it.

  • Bob just loves the words crap and crapload. But he makes up for it by his knowledge and enthusiasm. Brad, you just have to excuse him and take him for his many positive qualities. After working with him all this time I am sure you know them well. “Me no like “spikey” but the other rollers are fine.:) The roller on the IT band really is a bit painful…:p But used with caution it doesn’t have to be a screaming event. Another G rated (except for showing Brad’s bare calf) informative video. Thanks, guys.

  • Informative but confusing video. Maybe you can help me clear things up a little. So you’re actually saying that when you have for example thoracic outlet syndrome due to tight scalene muscles, you should actually strengthen them and not stretch? Is this because the muscles, in this case the scalenes, are weak and can’t handle the stress or something? In theory the stretching makes more sense tbh. Also if the effect of stretching is temporary, what’s even the purpose of doing them?

  • The kit on the internet is not showing the foam roller to be included in the kit. ��
    Darn it!! Of the four items that is the one I was going for.
    Bob and Brad you guys are great!!!! Informative and entertaining!!!

  • Hellow sir, i am also a student of physiotherapy from july onwards my intership will start can u just give m the suggestions about the practical practise means how to start where to start i am so confused ����

  • Definitely agree with you, ( 7:19)…that rolling stick works great on the lower back. Sometimes it’s the only thing that gets me upright in the morning:) Just roll it on my lower back and, I’m good to go.

  • Sir i can tight my left bicep but it’s hard for me to tight my right bicep i can feel it barely plz help iam lefty so does that has anything to do with it

  • l’m 13 year old this is happening to me only one shoulder hurts on my legs or sleepy how to do can you try to feel that more better plsss ����

  • This was great, thanks, been searching for “what is the best treatment for inflamed joints?” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about Peyandon Dumbstruck Primacy (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now )? It is an awesome one off guide for discovering how to eradicate joint pain using natural ingredients minus the headache. Ive heard some incredible things about it and my colleague got cool results with it.

  • how about the caused of muscles �� pain in left shoulder for how many months. It is possible that that too much cold also one of the factor doc?

  • hi sir i have muscler tightness in my upper stomach and lower esophagus for years due to stress which is not being recovered. it causes pronunciation problem digestion. please help no treatment is working.

  • What do you mean by resistance training if the muscle is tight that means muscle fibers are in tension eg if I I have tight hams I can’t bend forward that simply means there is shortness and weaknesses of the muscle how is it better to give resistance training without releasing the muscle isn’t it better to release then train the muscle

  • Thank you sir, I always sit for like 10 hours in my chair and play.
    I always had that uncomfortable feeling in my lower left and right spine and heaviness in my heart.
    I’ve started running 2 kms daily.
    So, my question is that will running 2 kms decrease that tightning in my lower spine and my heart?

  • So I get that strengthening the affected muscle helps with the “feeling” of tightness, but what about in the cases of postural imbalances? You don’t necessarily feel tightness. Like if I want to fix anterior pelvic tilt, should I just train everything and expect them to reach a balance? Maybe that’s beyond the scope of the video though

  • 8 barely use my rolling pin….a little yoga mat material glued to that would make a nice roller
    But the kit is reasonably priced…cool! Of course nothing replaces a skilled massage therapist like myself��cheers!

  • I recently read a book The Endless Web about this very thing (the fascia and how to release emotional pain and stop guarding), so informative and very relatable to the pain and emotions held in our bodies. Acupuncture and Qigong have helped me more than anything he doctors have ever done or suggested.
    I highly recommend https://www.northatlanticbooks.com/shop/the-endless-web/
    And The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook for learning how to self massage and release the fascia.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECLGALG/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

  • Hi sir I am from India I Am also Physiotherapist so a my patient age 55y surgery of D5-12 before 8y thare is no snastivity in lower limb and muscle tightness
    So what can I do her muscle relaxers please let me

  • I watched this video because I was experiencing tightness in my muscles. It turned out, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Always check with your doctor when uncertain of your symptoms.

  • I have a lot of upper back pain, it is very bad, and happens with physical work.

    All the blood tests are fine.

    What do you suggedt

  • I have pain in my left hand i am just 17 years old and this pain is since 3 months and my left hand make noises is this because of over use of mobile phones or sleeping in a wrong way or some other thing because i never had an injury in my hand please doctor reply me due to lockdown i couldn’t visit hospitals please doo reply me..��

  • any ideas about pain getting worse in shoulder when using standing computer desk and having arms on 90 degree angle to type on keyboard? and things like cooking makes it worse as well ( chopping vegetables with arm 90 degrees )

  • what do you mean by resistance training? I have extreme tight muscles in the forearm. So how do I make resistance training for the forearm? Do you mean making slow negative movements at the exercices?

  • I appreciate how you brought in the psychosocial component to the subjective feeling of “pain”. Well done. Pain is very complex and the latest research is looking more closely at the influence of emotion, trauma, and daily stress and lifestyle on patients reports of pain. Thanks Kai:)

  • Mam, Iam having this muscle pain… And because of Covid-19 can’t go out also. Now Iam not able to walk nicely. Can u help online mam

  • What about when the muscle is not soft but feel more like a dry rope, when you can grind though it and you feel chunky fibers.. is this hard or tight?
    I don’t see the link for muscle hardness in the description.

  • Hey, I’ve had a fracture recently in the ankle joint and my Achilles tendon seems to be stiff due to prolonged immobilisation in the cast. I had been working on resisted flexion and dorsi flexion for the past two weeks in my rehab program but the stiffness doesn’t seem to go away. It is probably better than when I started though. I will stop with the wall ankle mobilisation stretch cuz you’ve just pointed out why that wouldn’t help. What else would you recommend? Thanks in advance!

  • Antibiotics no 1 reason for muscles tightness. I began having different muscular pains/sensations after taking antibiotics, A body muscles builder / weight lifter after taking antibiotics also began to suffer terribly and experience serious changes in his muscular strength to the point he had to stop training for period

  • thanks for this information, but i got some question.
    how can we diagnose muscle stiff/tightness? can we just palpate the muscle?
    if someone get muscle tightness, is it okay give him Shortwave Diathermy to release that tightness? or what modality we can use to release muscle tightness?

    (answer this. please..)

  • I have a question related to DOM, are there any illnesses or diseases or anything you can think of that would cause someone 50 years old that gets sore after every workout. Until I had microdiscectomy 2 years ago for a ruptured L4/L5 disc this never happened unless I worked out really hard with weights then it went away like always. Now my legs get sore after every workout I do. I am not even talking about a hard workout. I mean 20 easy exercises for 30 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest. Simple things like squats, lunges, pushups, the rest are just marching, moving side to side, maybe a bird dog or plank. I have been struggling with this soreness, no matter if I wait longer to workout or try and go every other day or every day. I have had blood work done, my testosterone levels are good for my age, etc and everything seems to check out. This has been going on for over a year now and does not lessen. I am always super sore, I have some nephropathy nerve damage from the disc issue. Can you think of anything that I might be missing or recommend the type of doctor I need to see? I stretch every day and my flexibility is still good but I wake up daily with tingling in my legs and they are tight. Even after stretching they feel tight. I have been back to the surgeon several times had another MRI done he says he doesn’t see anything. I still feel like something might be pressing on a nerve could that cause this issue? Thanks for any advice on what you would do next. I have tried massage, decompression, rollers, cold laser, Inversion, acupuncture, dry needling, cryotherapy, you name it I have tried it. Nothing seems to help?

  • Product is listed on Amazon but is “currently unavailable”:-( Easthills Fitness 5-In-1 Foam Roller Kit Recovery Muscle Bundle Set: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DXSL9SJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_JYUlCbBRQAWS2

  • Hi, i was recently watching a video by Dr Robert Naivaux who stated something like ATP outside of the mitochondria blocks the healing response. it seems to fit in with your points above about moving and resistance training vs inflammation. |Any thoughts on this premise?

  • Well, you better read the research more thoroughly, this video contains misleading information. As you can read in the following systematic review with meta-analyses massage has significant anti-inflammatory effects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5932411/

  • But doesn’t stretching and foam rolling or massaging increase blood flow in the targeted area? Which then should counteract the reduction of bloodflow that, as you mentioned, might have caused the unpleasant feeling. I really hope someone can explain this to me. ��

  • I get tightness of my limb muscles when I stand after sitting or laying down, and when I go up stairs or up hill. I loose my stamina by moving just a little bit. I needed this.

  • I am 45 years old and have stiff muscles in my legs, feet and back. Hopefully this video will help me to know how to deal with this ailment. Thank you

  • What about from a massage therapist perspective? When I have a massage, I very often hear from a therapist “oh, your upper traps are sooooo tight!”, or “you have lots of knots” etc. One said: “Oh dear, your problem is here, it’s super tight”, while massaging the middle of my back, where I never feel any pain or tightness.
    Also, when I massage people, I also feel sometimes that upper traps in some people feel rock-hard, virtually, like wood or bone, rather than soft tissue. Does it mean that this is just the way they should be, because people are different? Also, what about if for example I feel under my fingers that my client’s left calf is soft, but right one feels as if a piece of metal had been inserted inside, and the client says “it feels so tight!” what could it be?

  • Bad posture itself causes back pain lmao you cant deny that… in order to be pain free you gotta respect biomechanical physics if not it will cause problems such as {herniated discs caused by spine deviations} which in turn can cause problems with the knees on the long run… so what is the culprit cause? POSTURE!!

  • posture has no effect on pain or problems what??? Uneven shoulders, misaligned spine, all of those cause pain or problems am i taking his question wrong i am so confused

  • Hello
    I feel pain-tightness after i play tennis in my right side of neck but it is not tight the muscle. The muscle that i feel tight always is my right adductor but i havent pain there but it is tight the muscle. What do you suggest me? Any muscle to strength to release it? Is there any connection between right adductor and right side of neck? The physios who went doesn’t help me

  • Nice video. I do have muscle stiffness all over my body (when it get worse get joints pain(all major joints).when I started to do yoga from one year ago every day, got much better but as lately I had twice Tendinitis during past six months I stopped the yoga practice. how to treat it? Thanks again for sharing your knowledge ��

  • Ive been lifting weight for 5 years. My flexibility is horrible. How does yoga improve flexibility if stretching doesn’t help… Also how does exercising decrease inflammation if it increases blood flow

  • If you just gonna read from side of the screen, why stand there? Move yourself out of the video, focus on contents and then you could sound more natural.

  • Hey thanks for these informations, I really need an answer about this: my left face muscles are extremely tight I feel an imbarable tightness on that side and it’s causing asymmetry on my face, any suggestions about the causes/treatment please?

  • so I have really tight upper traps, where even i cant even lower my shoulders all the way down, they are tight 24/7 and really big. so i need to strenghten them even more, not stretch them? sorry, but i am not buying it, this would just make it worse

  • Very informative! Honest question, could cycling then reduce muscle tightness from the lengthening and shortening of both quads and hamstrings?

  • I luuuvvv you guys!! Remind me of a married couple who’ve been together for so long! The “ohh bob” after bob says crapload! lolol!!! You guys are so freaking awesome!!!!! ������

  • Hello! I’m suffering from this issue and I can’t describe how terrible it is. Things you described sounds very similar and helped me to understand many things. However, I’m having tightness in my arm in overall and sometimes reaching behind my shoulder so, what kind of resistance training would you suggest? And would you suggest taking magnesium pills, they say lack of magnesium cause such problems. Hope you reply this because I really need it. Thank you.

  • I have such tight calf areas. Well to-be fair my whole left leg is soo tight. My husband will do deep massage to try to soften them. Within minutes of him moving to another area it’s rock hard again?? Any ideas? I’m in the uk I have yet to find a physio who can help me. I’m in sooo much pain constantly to the point of now being on morphine patches? Any suggestions? Thank you

  • mam i hv a kind of pain in my left outer arm since 8-9 months… and i dont have to go to the gym due to this pain…MRI is normal(nothing in it)….. doctor says it a muscle pain and said tht u hv to deal with this lifetime…. am very depressed now mam… because makeup my mind to make carrier in fitness…. please mam reply me��

  • I don’t disagree entirely, but thinking through beyond the “science” and just in observation of the world around us how many of the super buff gym rats are flexible? Many cannot straighten their elbows to full extension or touch their shoulders due to muscle length limitations. The presentation here would have us assume they’d be the most gumby of us all. Thoughts?

  • my scalene muscle are superhard and contracted for 6 weeks now went to the doctor he says it will go away in couple of days but it’s been 6 weeks now and sometimes my left neck has a burning sensation i am stretching everyday absolutely no change, the only time the tissue in my left is soft is when sleep on my left side also my left side, the strange this is i can move my neck in every direction without pain but the doctor already said it’s not nerves because then i would have pain in other parts of body wich i don’t

  • Those spikey balls are great forec chest and shoulder muscles that tighten. I place mine in a sock (for easy usage) and lean backwards and forwards against the wall. Works great.

  • I went to the hospital because my potassium dropped too low, ever since then my muscles have been tight like a draw string. I used to be able to do the splits just prior to going to the hospital. So painful.

  • I am suffering from high anxiety pain in my neck and so cause headche but my neck muscles spasam and tension not going away
    . What to do it’s cause daily pain in neck head

  • Great content!
    I just graduated from university, and muscle tightness was regularly related to trigger points. This video claims that muscle tightness can’t be related to tissue hardness, what are trigger points then? I regularly perform trigger point therapy, with a good outcome and i ‘feel’ the triggerpoint/ taut bands. What are these ‘knots’ then?:)
    And what about dry needling?

    Thanks in advance!

  • This is exactly whats been ruining my life for the past couple years. I can no longer work out and its taking a massive toll on my mood. Ill recommend this to my physiotherapist and see if they can help

  • Help Dr. I have the issue more then 15 years. And from head to toe perfectly half body. Can’t work or even enjoy or exercise or stand for 20 min, resulting to no job and resting everyone hates me and think I am lazy which was the opposite before this.

  • Whenever i lift heavy on benchpress or biceps curls, my whole left arm feels tight and hard but not my right arm. And this affects my strength and size of my pecs and arms.
    It’s so depressing to still have this problem and i just feel like shit. It’s alot harder to build muscles. I have a good posture during training and outside the gym.

    What do i do?

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  • I am having pain in my arm muscles, wrists, back pain in the middle of back and pain in feet concentrated on heels. Also cracking sounds coming from wrists and feet. Please tell me what is the problem and also treatment as due to lockdown I am not able to go to a doctor. Please help

  • It’s been around 9 months. I have stiffness on my shoulders and behind my neck. Which exercise should I do? Got my MRI done and it’s okay. Went thru physio also.

  • I really appreciate your information though I disagree with some of your conclusions. You said doing myofascial manipulations (foam rolling type stuff) was temporal and wouldn’t lead to long term changes as opposed to resistance/strength training. Couldn’t you apply the same argument for strength training as you did for self myofascial manipulation? If you only strength train once or in a limited capacity the rebalancing and myofascial support you achieve will also be short lived as day to day repetitive movements and associated compensatory myofascial activity will assert their influence on the skeleton again. Manual manipulation is very effective in balancing joints locally and in relation to the entire musculoskeletal system but consistency is key imo. I think it’s also important to note that many people don’t strength train properly so they are out of alignment in some or many joints and their associated myofascia helps strengthen their body in certain ways but create compensatory and/or over use nociceptive pain issues in other areas.

    At the beginning of the video you addressed possible reasons for muscle tightness. One of the reasons you had on your white board was “shortness”. Biologically I have heard arguments (though I haven’t seen many studies) that some people genetically have shorter tissues such as the hamstrings as you mentioned. I agree that genetically shortened muscles are not necessarily a reason for that feeling of tightness but wouldn’t repetitive entrainments by the agonist/antagonists around the body create a neuromyofascial pattern that loads certain myofascia vs others and puts pressure on local nociceptors that give that sense of tightness? For example, pecs and general anterior flexion shortening from life activity overstretching and straining the traps/rhombs/erectors/levators?

    Last thing is the posture argument. I would say that improved mechanical realignment of a joint and functional movements does make a big difference with efficiency of movement which reduces tightness and upregulated compensations. I do believe that it’s very subjective and that some people feel the pain from this variable more than others and I understand the scientific research doesn’t unanimously agree.

    This last one is a personal observation but one that I think might have some validity with research and study. I think metabolic biochemical imbalances play a role in myofascial pain. Subjectively I’ve seen many people with various digestive disorders who correspondingly have higher rates of myofascial pain and tightness. It could be argued that the body is in a constant sympathetic state which increases the likelihood of pain but I believe there’s a biochemical change that adversely affects the homeostasis of neuromyofascial functioning. I haven’t found studies that discuss this possible myofascial pain issue. Just an idea.

    Thanks for your videos. They’re very helpful.

  • What do you think about SNPE(Self Nature Posture Exercise)? It is a self-posture-correcting exercise invented in S.Korea, and has cured many people from chornic diseases by bringing back the natural balance in muscle and bones. The cured cases are quite miraculous but this vid makes me wonder if SNPE is safe for human muscles.. One of its moves (T-move) literally forces you to squash and pound your back muscles on a hard, wavy-shaped, narrow pillow. They say after doing T-move for a certain amount of time (enduring the great pain), the tension you feel in your back muscles melts away all at once (They named it ” icicle theory”). I am considering to start 100 days SNPE challenge but now I am quite worried.. Do you think it is safe to pound your back on a hard wavy pillow untill the pain goes away? I’ve tried it for a week but it seems to get more painful than before.��

  • I feel tightness in rt side of back so decreasing range of left side turn laterally.
    Please
    Suggest if there is some massage oil or exercise to relieve tightness.

  • Mam I have muscle tightness lower abdomen back area or facial muscle or throat muscle no pain in any muscle what causes plzz reply

  • I’ve recently come to understand my muscles are very weak. I have stretched and massaged for many months with out any effect. I’m shocked at how many physiotherapists completely ignore resistance training. Yes it does exacerbate symptoms initially but that slowly goes away. Really good video ����

  • I was struggling to understand the nature of muscle tightness and compensation, and wanted to find out why you cannot simply go on to say that it is optimal just because it was a product of the body’s natural response process. This video really covered the specific insight that I wanted. Now I have better understanding unto my legs’ current state of imbalanced tightenings and over-strengthenings(compensations) and also a better understanding on why I should do the targeted stretching or strengthenings of different parts and in such ways. This video was very helpful. I also think the way of explanation was really on-point and appropriate. Thank you:))

  • i never stretch i never needed to until i stopped being active and i cant use my muscles to my full extent idk if i need to stretch or not because when i try its painful

  • Aaaalso if the issue is overuse, is the remedy to strengthen the compensation muscles and work on posture before trying to reconnect the brain to the affected muscle? Is there a risk or exacerbating the problem further?

  • So the cause of the communication breakdown is overuse/stress/trauma but then does the affected muscle tighten or the antagonist muscle tighten to compensate?

  • I have chronic pain from muscular imbalance. The hardest part is having the willpower to get things done through my suffering. You need help with your body but you don’t have the willpower to create income for yourself, so your life just spirals downward. It hurts when everyone around you runs away from you because you only degrade their own quality of life with your suffering. One day I hope I can fix my muscular imbalance and prove to everyone that I can change. I just wish I knew there was something wrong with me sooner before I burned so many bridges.