How To Get Rid Of Tight Muscles

Posted April 19, 2022 by in Health + Fitness
A Woman Stretching on a Yoga Mat

Tight muscles seem to happen more often as we get older, and if you are constantly trying to rub your feet and ankles or your shoulders – here are some tips that will get rid of some of that tightness. 

We might not realize we are putting extra stress and strain on our muscles until they feel tight or painful, so it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what has caused the issue. 

Luckily there are many ways that you can start to work out the tightness and lack of mobility in your muscles from home!

A Woman Stretching

What causes muscle stiffness?

Almost everyone has had times when their calf muscles ache after a long day or sleeping in an uncomfortable position has given them a tight neck. There is some muscle tightness that feels like they are impacting your whole body. 

Muscle tightness that is caused by working out is very common and often can be relieved by gentle stretching and resting the muscles. Other times it is from sitting or standing in the way that causes strain on your muscles. Over time they begin to feel painful and tight. 

Posture

Along with the introduction of mobile phones came things like text neck. Computers cause us to keep our heads and shoulders at an awkward angle. 

Our posture or lack thereof is one of the most important things that we can correct to help with backache, shoulder pain, stick neck, and even headaches or migraines. 

Standing, sitting and sleeping postures are very important to our overall health. If you struggle to keep your posture in check when sitting or standing, then a posture-correcting back brace can be very useful. 

If you attempt to slouch, it will gently correct your post – because it holds your chest and upper back in a good position. 

Water

If there is one thing that can solve almost all of the problems a human might encounter – it is water. Once we are even the slightest bit dehydrated, our muscles tighten, our digestion becomes sluggish, sleeping comfortably is more difficult, and we can also lack the energy to hold ourselves in a good position. 

One of the issues is that we might not feel like we are all that dehydrated since we are sitting down or in air-conditioned locations for most of the day. 

Another problem is that people confuse thirst and hunger and eat when they should be enjoying a big glass of water. 

If you struggle with keeping on top of drinking enough water, you can invest in a bottle that reminds you to drink or a mobile phone app that has regular water reminders. 

Massage

A massage can be one of the most effective ways to work out the tightness in muscles, but not everyone can afford or wants to go to a masseuse. 

Instead, there are a couple of things that you can do from home to help work out some of the tightness. 

If you have a partner or a friend, they might be willing to help you work out the knots in your shoulders. Warming some coconut oil in the palm of their hands will mean that they can glide over the skin easier and gently rub all of the aching muscles. Sometimes you can feel the knots; other times, not. 

Perhaps you prefer to get a massage whenever you need one, in which a massage ball can be the perfect thing. 

Stretch

If you don’t have any flexibility in your muscles, they will feel tighter than usual anyway – so getting into the habit of stretching well when you wake up is important. 

Stretching first thing in the morning can help those kinks and muscles that have just had a few hours of rest and repair. 

Stretching in the morning increases blood circulation in the body and will reduce stiffness and inflammation. 

When it comes to stretching, you can do anything that feels good – or you can try to incorporate yoga into your morning routines.

Strengthening 

Tightness in the muscles can also be caused by weakness; doing exercises that can help to improve the strength of certain muscle groups can help reduce the amount of tightness you experience. 

Adding yoga to your daily routine can be one of the best things you can do; alternatively, walking or cycling can help you to build a strong and stable core. 

Of course, if you can have a nice warm bath, that can go a long way to relaxing overworked or tight muscles. 

A Woman Doing the Triangle Pose

If you are trying to decide if you want to do yoga in the morning or at night, here is a great post to help you decide: Morning Yoga Vs. Evening Yoga: Which Is Better?