Are you a teenager with “knots” in your back by your shoulder blades? Or do you know a teen who complains of upper back pain?
Why does this happen?
The muscles in the front of bodies are actually about 30% stronger than the muscles in the back of the body.
When someone spends a lot of time in positions that shorten the front muscles, that kind of gives the front muscles even more power. They get stronger and tighter.
In the meantime, unless you are actively doing things to strengthen your back, your poor back muscles are getting pulled on by the front muscles. They get unhappy and show it by getting knots.
Everything in the body works on the principal of equal and opposite.
If one muscle contracts or shortens, another muscle on the opposite side will react. So, front muscles get short and tight = back muscles get lengthened and tight (but it is a different type of contraction.)
In the old days everyone was much more active than today. We used to use ALL of our muscles.
But today many of us spend way too much time sitting. Could that describe you?
Sitting helps create short muscles in the front of the lower body. And some postures or chairs or car seats actually push your head forward.
Forward head posture is another cause of knots in your back. So is slouching.
What’s the solution?
- Use your muscles in a lot of different ways.
- Strengthen your back side from your knees to your head.
- Stretch the muscles in the front of your legs, abdomen and chest in the opposite direction of their normal position.
- Eat healthy foods. Muscles need lots of nutrients–vitamins and minerals–to function their best.
- And pay attention to your posture. Do you know where your head is?
It should be held over your body–like a balloon floating up from your shoulders–instead of out in front of your chest (slouching.)
So teens get knots in their backs for the same reasons that the rest of us do. But the good news is it’s even easier for a teenager to get rid of their knots because their bodies are still more flexible and less ‘stuck.’
Let’s get moving and get rid of the knots in your back!