Are your weak neck muscles making your legs tight? Here is a point of view you may not have heard before.
When you feel tight, the immediate thought is that the area needs to be stretched. Have you ever asked yourself why you are tight and why your body is constantly tight, while other people just wake up and go without a problem?
I had this conversation this morning with a patient who is a professional jazz drummer, who was not aware that tightness was not normal and is not necessarily from what he does for a living. I asked him, do all the drummers have your problem with a weak right arm and tightness? He thought for a moment and realized that most of them do not experience what he experiences, which changed the conversation to what may be different about his body.
Most people are used to feeling a certain way from an early age, and never question what is normal or abnormal until they are tight or in pain. The truth is, there is no normal and what feels tight may actually be straining and when stretched, feels worse rather than better.
This is why out of the box thinking when it comes to pain is essential to figuring out why you hurt, or why you are tight. When a person has a complaint, and the complaint returns, it is important for us to ask why are rethink what we did to relieve it last time, since we obviously got it wrong.
Here is a big out of the box idea I thought would be great to share with you regarding movement patterns and compensations. When your hamstrings are tight, can it be weak neck muscles. While the post is logical, one must ask why are the neck muscles weak.