Sometimes it seems that tightness is the natural state of your leg muscles. Tight muscles in general can be uncomfortable — if not outright painful — but when the leg muscles seize up, they tend to take your pelvis and lower back with them.
Needless to say, that can set off a serious chain of pain with no gain. Over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications may help for awhile, but sooner or later you’ll want to get to the root of the problem in a natural and sustainable way.
A good massage can do wonders and put the spring back in your step by increasing blood flow and softening the muscle tone in your legs. A 2008 review of research on the effectiveness of massage in the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy found several studies showing that massage significantly lengthened the hamstring muscles in competitive athletes. Massage increases circulation and loosens spasms that cause the muscles to feel knotted.
You may have to experiment a bit to find the style of massage that works best for you. Swedish massage employs light to medium pressure to boost circulation and energize the body while deep tissue massage is great for ironing out kinks and knots. Thai massage uses the body weight of the masseuse to stretch limbs and kneed tense leg muscles into relaxation.