Tendons are bands of connective tissue attaching the joints and muscles which can be found in every part of the body. Some of the tendons most frequently experiencing tightness are those running between and attaching the hip and the knee joint, those on the side of the knee, those in the neck and those in the back. However, it is most common in shoulder tendons with 80% of this condition found in the tendons of the shoulders or shoulder blades.
Tightness and stiffness is when the tendons tighten and there is a contraction of the muscles, causing them to stiffen and become inflexible. If the muscles are left in this contracted state for too long without release, they become hardened into knots that are painful to the touch. This condition is commonly found in office workers and also in older people who do not exercise. It is usually caused by repetitive body motions or remaining in the same position or posture for extended periods of time, as well as performing actions or movements incorrectly.
Massage can help to alleviate the symptoms or provide a temporary treatment and help to relax the muscles. For treatment to cure tendon tightness and stiffness and bring about lasting, effective results, the stiffened muscles must undergo stretching along with some real changes and modifications to the patient’s lifestyle and habits. The patient must be willing to cooperate fully with his or her doctor.