Why Are My Hamstrings So Tight

Why Are My Hamstrings So Tight

Why are my hamstrings so tight? Muscles can feel tight all the time despite stretching, foam rolling, and yoga? Muscles become chronically tight because of 2 main causes:

  1. Adhesion which is the most common and most misdiagnosed reason for tight muscles. This is highly reversible with expert treatment and Dr. Nottoli specialize in finding and fixing adhesion.
  2. Protective tension. An example of protective tension is when a muscle is always tight around a joint that has damage. Disc and cartilage injuries are prime examples. The lower back and hamstrings will feel very tight if a disc injury is present. Temporary relief can often be found, but the tightness always come back and eventually worsen until the underlying injury is addressed.

Another example of protective tension in muscles is when the body is over-trained and/or not properly recovering. When muscles are trained they sustain micro-traumas within the tissue. Strength and endurance happen when you recover from the workout. If the muscles are constantly tight from week to week it’s the brain saying the muscles need to recover and adapt. If they don’t, adhesion will build up making the muscles less flexible and weaker. It is important to have a provider knowledgeable enough to diagnose and treat and manage the 2 causes.

If you suffer from chronically tight muscles give us a call 630-499-4078 or clicking the button below. We can help!