There's nothing worse than feeling like your muscles are in a vice grip, tight and uncomfortable. You might not even realize just how tight your muscles are until you try to stretch them out. But what causes this sensation of muscle tension? And more importantly, what can you do about it? Keep reading to find out.

What causes the feeling of tightness in muscles?

When a muscle is used, the nerve cells that control it send a signal to the muscle telling it to contract. This signal is passed from one nerve cell to another until it reaches the muscle. The message is sent as an electrical impulse, which causes the muscle cells to contract.

The feeling of tightness in muscles may be caused by several factors, including:

  • the amount of stress placed on the muscle
  • the amount of time that the muscle is contracted
  • the temperature of the environment
  • the level of hydration within the muscle

Why do muscles feel tight when they're not physically tight?

There are a few possible explanations for why muscles might feel tight when they're not physically tight. It could be that the muscle is in a shortened position and is being stretched, which can cause tension. It could also be that the muscle is trying to protect itself from further injury, so it's contracting to prevent movement. Finally, it could be simply due to dehydration or poor blood circulation. Whatever the reason, it's essential to stretch and massage the muscle to help relieve the tension.

How to treat muscle tightness

There are a few different ways to treat muscle tightness. One way is to use a foam roller or massage ball to work out the knots and tension. You can also stretch the muscles that are tight. Another way to treat muscle tightness is to use heat or cold therapy. Heat can help relax the muscles, while cold can help reduce inflammation.

Final thoughts

So, what can you do if your muscles feel tight? The first step is to come see us and let us help you determine the root of the problem. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that will help loosen those tight muscles and get you feeling like yourself again. Schedule an appointment today and start feeling better tomorrow.