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I have tight upper back muscle. Haven't stretched in a long time.Always sitting down. I have indigestion quite a lot.Are these due to inactivity?

I have tight upper back muscle. Haven't stretched in a long time.Always sitting down. I have indigestion quite a lot.Are these due to inactivity?

Hard to know: It's possible you're having some type of referred pain from your stomach or esophagus, going to your back; and at least 2 separate things could also be happening simultaneously. Do you have a chronic illness that interferes with being able to move? You're only 18? It sounds like you need a medical assessment to be more sure of what's going on with your complaints. ...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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I am almost 2 years post op 2 level lumbar fusion. Low back pain has improved but still having issues with back muscle tightness/muscle fatigue. Exercise regularly, weights, walking, yoga. Advice?

I am almost 2 years post op 2 level lumbar fusion. Low back pain has improved but still having issues with back muscle tightness/muscle fatigue. Exercise regularly, weights, walking, yoga. Advice?

Everything Right: It sounds like you are doing everything right. Surgery is traumatic to the spine and muscular tissue. There can be irreparable damage as as result. Overall, it sounds like surgery was a success because you have an active lifestyle. I would recommend a short course of physical therapy so they can discuss your goals and deficits you have. You may be doing the wrong exercises. Discuss with doc. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?

Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?

Back pain: plain film XRays are not enough to determine persistent Los back pain. You need and MRI. Talk with your doctor it sounds like a disc problem. But would need to know your full medical history ...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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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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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

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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