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Loosen Tight Back 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?
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
Exercise: Stretch these muscles.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm not able to exhale fully. My back muscles are tight, I have rounded shoulders and forward head posture. Does this have anything to do with it?
More info needed: How long has this been going on? Do you exercise? Have any history of asthma? Try taking a hot shower and see if this helps your "tight" back muscles. The warm moist air will be easier to breathe. You really should see a physician and describe these symptoms to the doctor who can examine you. Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
When i walk i tend to bend backwards and i feel the muscles in my back so tight that it hurts me really bad. What could be the cause of that?
I have very tight knots on the tops of my shoulders with pain in my back and torso muscles. What can I do to relieve the pain of my shoulders?
Exercise/stress man.: Sounds like musculoskeletal manifestations of stress. Some patients will develop a condition called myofascial pain dysfunction which is treated with some simple stretching and strengthening exercises but also learning to manage stress for which there is a ton of literature. Red flags for immediate eval: unexpected weight loss, weakness or muscle atrophy, or loss of bowel or bladder control ...Read more
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