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What Does Tight Mean? Is the Term Muscle Tightness Overused?

People will explain a certain sensation in their body that feels tight. The word “tight” can be used to mean lots of different things.

When we use the hamstring muscle as an example. The hamstring can be tight from various different things.

  • Soreness
  • Normal Stretch Response
  • Injury
  • Inflammation
  • Posture
  • Knots
  • Adhesion
  • Muscle is locked in a shortened position or is ‘contracted’

The feeling of tightness in a muscle can have many causes but ultimately, there is something keeping the muscle from lengthening. Myofascial release, prolonged pressure, stretching, and strengthening can all be used to mitigate the feeling of tightness. As you can see, there are lots of reasons these muscles tighten and this tightness can cause pain in all kinds of places in the body.

Most of the time you cant stretch away tightness. If the muscle is weak then you must strengthen it, stretching will only make matters worse. Prolonged pressure is another way you can help alleviate the feeling of tightness in a muscle. Using things like a foam roller, lacrosse ball or the Hip Hook are all ways in which you can rid your muscles of knots and adhesions.

I uncover these patterns in my bestselling book, Tight Hip Twisted Core - The Key to Unresolved Pain!

This is also why I designed the world's first tool designed specifically to release the iliacus muscle - The Hip Hook

By Christine Koth . Mon Jul 06

Author Bio

Uncovering the cause of your pain is my mission. As a bestselling author and holistic physical therapist with decades of experience, I have helped countless people, just like you, recover from long-standing issues. I've discovered a major cause of pain hidden in the hip and this has lead to my "Iliacus Queen" and hip expert status. I'm here to help you discover causes like this. It doesn't have to be complicated to live a pain-free life. We can do this. I look forward to supporting you on your healing journey.