Does your neck or lower back constantly feel tight? Do you stretch it often and it doesn't really feel better?
Well, you might not be getting to the root of the problem. Often one muscle is tight because another muscle is weak and not doing what it's supposed to do. The tight muscle is only trying to help you and it's a sign that you have an underlying weakness.
A physical therapist is trained in the mechanics of the body and can assess imbalances in the body in your joints and muscles. If you are having an issue with a chronically tight muscle, go see a physical therapist. All 50 states in the U.S. have some form of direct access laws, meaning you do not need to see a physician before seeing a physical therapist. PT's are doctors of physical therapy and highly trained to assess the whole kinetic chain of your body.
Read more about causes and fixes for chronically tight muscles in Dr. Marko's new guest spot in Aaptiv.