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Relief for Muscle Tightness

Muscle tightness is a common issue for people of all ages. This isn’t surprising because Americans spend an average of 10 hours a day (!) sitting.

We talked to acac Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, and Integrated Corrective Exercise Instructor Beth Cox to get simple solutions to tight muscles and overall how we can move more!

Muscle tightness is very common nowadays. What’s a good place to start to get some relief?
Start by getting moving. Just getting your joints in motion will help relieve that muscle tension. Next add gentle stretching and/or foam rolling. It should feel good, not forced. Take a Stretch, Gentle Yoga, or intro Pilates class to get started.

What role does your breath play when you’re stretching?
Simplifying put, a relaxed 3-dimensional breath can assist in your mobility training. When you gently inhale into your belly & ribs, it helps to relax the typically over-active muscles around your joints, allowing for improved range of motion. Try to relax and allow yourself to gently & fully exhale. 

Are there tools that you recommend? (foam rolling etc.)
My favorite tools are the Rollga foam roller and the Stick. A Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and/or Chiropractor come in handy too.

Anything you want to add.
Movement should feel good, not painful. When you add weight to good movement, it feels good, not painful (even if it isn’t easy). If movement increases your discomfort, get help from a professional. 

 

Beth Cox is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, and Integrated Corrective Exercise Instructor at acac Albemarle Square. She is married with three boys – ages 20, 17, and 15 (in a few weeks). Beth enjoys running with friends or at the beach. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1992 with B.A. in Psychology. Email: bethc@acac.com.

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