Muscles can tighten up for a number of reasons.
Three times when muscle tightness can occur are during periods of prolonged inactivity, during exercise, and after exercise.
Over time, this can result in muscle imbalances with the shortened muscles becoming “tight” and the lengthened muscles becoming weak.
Why do muscles get tight?
Alongside sprains and strains, exercise or physical stress may cause muscle stiffness. A common cause of muscle stiffness is exercise or hard physical labor of some kind. Any movement can cause DOMS, but it is commonly caused by: jogging or running downhill.
How do you prevent muscle tightness?
The best way to prevent soreness and injury is prevention, so add these elements to your game plan:
- Stretch it out.
- Warm up before weight training.
- Work out with correct form.
- Jump in an ice bath.
- Heat up later in the day.
- Reach for pineapple or tart cherries.
- Use your sore muscles.
How long does it take to loosen tight muscles?
“Roll your tight muscles a minimum of once a day for 10 days to two weeks, or until you feel relief,” says Biggart. “Two to three times a day is even better.