Have you ever been told by a massage therapist that you have tight muscles?
You may be wondering if this is something to be concerned about.
In episode 329 of the Sound of Movement podcast, we dive into this topic and explore whether tight muscles are always a cause for worry - or even a thing?!?
The sensation of tight muscles isn't necessarily a cause for concern. Many people who exercise regularly will present to therapists as though they have tight muscles, when they’re just experiencing normal post exercise blood gorging (a muscle pump).
That said, there are other causes of tight muscles that should be addressed including high levels of mental stress, poor posture, or lack of movement.
Move it, or lose it!
Because if you don’t participate in regular physical exercise that takes your joints through their full range of motion, over time you may lose your mobility.
During the podcast, Yani and Rad Burmeister are joined by Phil White from ADP Physio to discuss how exercise, and physical therapy can help with tight muscles to alleviate tension.
They also touch on the importance of stretching and other forms of strength training to help improve flexibility and prevent tightness.
One of the main takeaways from the episode is the importance that if you're experiencing pain or discomfort, it's essential to address it through regular strength and flexibility exercise - rather than ignoring it and hoping it will go away on its own.
This may involve first seeking a diagnosis from a qualified physical therapist before starting a new exercise program.
Overall, the Sound of Movement podcast episode 329 provides a helpful and informative discussion on the topic of taking care of your muscles to improve your overall health and well-being.