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Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow. Stretching muscles hurts. Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?
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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: YES!
Gentle stretching can actually speed up and improve the healing of sore, knotted muscles.
Try not to overdo it with painful stretches or bounce around while stretching, but gentle stretches a few times a day will loosen spasm and contraction in sore muscles after a workout. Always see a physician if muscles become extremely painful or muscle pain does not go away within 7 to 10 days.

In brief: YES!
Gentle stretching can actually speed up and improve the healing of sore, knotted muscles.
Try not to overdo it with painful stretches or bounce around while stretching, but gentle stretches a few times a day will loosen spasm and contraction in sore muscles after a workout. Always see a physician if muscles become extremely painful or muscle pain does not go away within 7 to 10 days.
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See below
A combination of moist heat, nsaid, & gentle stretching can help relax muscle spasm, pain, & inflammation.
Magnesium supplementation (low dose to prevent diarrhea) or prescription muscle relaxer may speed the healing process. Therapeutic massage can also relax & sooth sore, spastic muscles. If problem doesn't resolve or worsens, see fp or orthopedics for evaluation.

In brief: See below
A combination of moist heat, nsaid, & gentle stretching can help relax muscle spasm, pain, & inflammation.
Magnesium supplementation (low dose to prevent diarrhea) or prescription muscle relaxer may speed the healing process. Therapeutic massage can also relax & sooth sore, spastic muscles. If problem doesn't resolve or worsens, see fp or orthopedics for evaluation.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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