Researchers conducted a study on people who described their back as “stiff”, using a custom device for measuring bio-mechanical stiffness. The finding was that participants did not actually have stiff muscles, despite feeling that they did. One possible explanation for this phenomena is that the feeling of stiffness is the actually the nervous system attempting to prevent further strain that could lead to serious injury. However more research needs to be done to fully understand this.
- A stiff back seems to be a common complaint among many out there. One study looked in to whether these people actually had a stiff back.
- The study asked participants whether they felt they had a stiff back. Then they used a measurement tool to evaluate just how stiff their back was on that day.
- The results may surprise many who were interested in that research over time. It found that people often complained more than their back was stiff.
“There was no relation between biomechanical stiffness and the reported feeling of stiffness”