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How to Get Rid of Tight Muscles

woman stretching tight musclesTight muscles can be caused by a range of different things. They can also make it difficult and painful to accomplish normal every day tasks like walking and picking up objects. Luckily, there are some good ways to get rid of tight muscles, and following are a few tips and ideas to help you loosen up those tight muscles once and for all:


Stretching is important for many things and cannot only help you loosen up your tight muscles but can prevent you from straining or pulling a muscle as well. You should stretch for at least 5 to 10 minutes every day, especially before and after strenuous exercise. Try stretching in the morning right when you wake up. Often times your muscles are most stiff when you first get out of bed.

Take a hot shower or bath

The heat and steam from the shower or bath does a lot to get rid of tight muscles. The warm water not only soothes them but helps to relax your muscles and therefore helps to loosen them up. It does not really matter which one you pick, the main reason you are doing this is for the heat, although if you do decide to take a shower, it can also act as a massage to your muscles. Make sure that when you do this you are using hot water, preferably as hot as you can possibly stand it.


The pressure of a good massage is an excellent way to loosen your muscles up and get rid of those tight muscles. You can also use warm oils for your massage which will help relax the tightness out of those muscles in the same way as the hot water from a shower or bath.

Stress Management

Often times tight muscles can be caused by too much stress. If you need to, talk to a therapist or a family friend and evaluate the cause for any excess stress in your life. Once you get it under control, you may find that your tight muscles start to relax on their own.

All of these ideas can be used in combination with each other to help relax away those tight muscles. If you feel you have tried everything and still find no relief from your tight muscles, you may want to see your doctor as there may be some underlying condition that is incurable by you alone.


  1. Interesting, I have a client who used to do competition swmming and now has retired from events as she has found that her muscles would tighten 2 or 3 days later. With massage she would loosen up and be good for a week and then even if not exercising would have very tight upper body tightness.
    Any thoughts?

  2. Davo:

    My recommendation would be to loosen up before a workout and spend around 10 minutes post-workout doing various stretches, depending on what body parts were exercised (if she’s not already doing so). Don’t do any stretching before your workout, but rather loosen up on the treadmill or bike at a slow pace for around 10 minutes. It’s important to never stretch cold muscles. Though, for me personally, the post-workout stretches have been instrumental in getting rid of my tight muscles.

  3. Im 12 and by my armpits it is tight and on my lower back and behind my thighs
    idk how to get rid of them heat wont work..

  4. I strained a muscle in my upper back and went a long time not using the muscle or exercising or stretching it. It has tightened up. Will a regular stretching practice help?

  5. I started training for contortion a couple days ago and after the first day of dong the stretches my muscles are majorly tight and have less then half of my flexibility from before I started and i don’t know why… Do you know what is causing this and how to prevent it? thank you.

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