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My dr. Told me my back muscles are tight and that's what causes my upper back to hurt. What can I do to help loosen these muscles?

My dr. Told me my back muscles are tight and that's what causes my upper back to hurt. What can I do to help loosen these muscles?

Tight back muscles: Stretching exercises e.g. Gentle yoga would probably be of benefit to you. Also check your posture standing and sitting. Also check how you work with computer etc. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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What's the best way to stretch my tight back muscles?

What's the best way to stretch my tight back muscles?

Bending: Stretching exercises that bend, extend and twist at the waist are good starters. Don't bounce when you stretch though. Stretch as far as you can, then hold that position for a count of thirty seconds, then try stretching farther two more times in the same directions. Don't just stretch in one direction, but try to stretch you back in all directions. You can find some good stretches on the net. ...Read more

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What can I do about tightness in the lower back muscles.?

What can I do about tightness in the lower back muscles.?

Stretch: Long term answer is low back strengthening through therapy and exercises, but if you are currently suffering you should start with rest. Take anti inflammatories, rest at least for 8 hours (sleep) and then perform stretching exercises to help take away your muscle spasms. If this does not help you you may need a short course of muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

Stretching: Stretching stretching stretching. Unfortunately, there is no easy way out here. Stretching at the end of a workout gets great results for muscle and tendon lengthening. Stretching 6 hours and 24 hours later reduces swelling that naturally results from muscle workouts. So the answer is stretching stretching stretching! ...Read more

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Sharp pains and muscle tightness in middle back area, its been lasting a couple days now. F, 21 yrs., 118 lbs?

Sharp pains and muscle tightness in middle back area, its been lasting a couple days now. F, 21 yrs., 118 lbs?

Tension: Much of backpain is tension and poor posture. The area is easily overused and inflammation is the common pathway of the problem. ...Read more

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What does a crackling sound that is emitted when rolling the shoulders indicate? Back muscles are extremely tight, lots of knots and pain

Time for care: Massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, or combination to reduce stress/spasm in muscles. The noises are usually hydraulic if from joints--fluid being forced from one spot to another quickly. Sometimes attributed to muscle / tendon / ligament bands if more generalized. Should be seen and evaluated for mgmt plan. ...Read more

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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more