My body is very stiff

What causes stiffness?

  • exercise soreness
  • “muscle knots”
  • overuse injury, especially tendinopathy
  • arthritis, “inflammaging”
  • inflammation caused by infection and autoimmune disease
  • unexplained chronic widespread pain (e.g. fibromyalgia)
  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • medication side effects, poisoning
  • dystonia (muscle spasticity and rigidity), which has many possible causes — and…

What causes the muscles of your body to stiffen?


  • Exercise. Alongside sprains and strains, exercise or physical stress may cause muscle stiffness.
  • Sprains and strains. The most common cause of muscle stiffness is a sprain or strain, which can affect both the muscles and ligaments.
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica.
  • Bites or stings.
  • Infections.
  • Medications.
  • Additional causes.

Why having stiff muscles is a good thing?

In fact, there are certain situations in which having stiff muscles is actually a good thing. Lower extremity stiffness in your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and ankles is considered to be a key attribute in the enhancement of running, jumping, and hopping activities.

What should I do if my muscles always feel stiff?

Self-care for a stiff back

  • Heat. Heat can increase blood flow to relax muscles and relieve joint ache.
  • Ice. Ice can constrict blood vessels to numb pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Activity. Since bedrest can make stiffness worse, keep moving with light activity, such as yoga.
  • Pain medication.
  • Relaxation techniques.
  • Massage.

Why do we get so stiff after exercising?

Muscle stiffness typically occurs after exercise, hard physical work, or lifting weights. You may also feel stiffness after periods of inactivity, like when you get out of bed in the morning or get out of a chair after sitting for a long time. Sprains and strains are the most common reasons for muscle stiffness.

What causes muscle pain in the body?

Systemic muscle pain — pain throughout your whole body — is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication. Common causes of muscle pain include: Chronic exertional compartment syndrome

What are the symptoms of stiff neck muscles?

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience muscle stiffness along with any of the following symptoms: fever, especially with stiffness in the neck. extreme muscle weakness. redness, pain, and swelling in the area you’re experiencing muscle stiffness. muscle pain that began after taking a new medication.

What causes stiffness in the body?

The most obvious causes of acute stiffness. Infections clearly involve inflammation and immune system activity, and many infections cause stiffness. A couple of less common examples are probably mononucleosis and Legionnaire’s disease.

What to do for stiff muscles?

For most cases of muscle stiffness, there are some simple home remedies for relief. These include: Regular exercise, alongside stretching and warming up before exercise, may help to prevent muscle stiffness. There are also some simple changes people can make to their lifestyle to prevent getting muscle stiffness. These include: