Chronic muscle tension can really put a damper on your lifestyle. It can be uncomfortable, discouraging and can make doing regular things excruciatingly painful. It can be the sort of thing that results from a sport injury but most the time it is stress-induced muscle tension.
Many women need to have regular physical therapy to deal with their chronic muscle tension and that can be expensive.
So many overworked superwomen reach for food to ease the pain. Eating certain foods may cause the release of endorphins, which have pain-relieving properties.
Although pain can be a physical trigger for overeating, food is not an effective solution: the effects are very short lived and overeating and weight gain often compound the problem.
And when that tension and muscle soreness become so regular that it is considered chronic, serious health problems can arise.
Here are some things to keep in mind about your health and chronic muscle tension.
Health + Chronic Muscle Tension – Job Stress
A lot of stress and muscle tension is built up while you’re at work. In fact, workplace stressors may be the biggest culprits when it comes to causing muscle tension. Where you work and how you work can have an effect on your physical health. Any repetitive action, no matter how small, can wear down certain muscle groups. So even people in desk jobs can experience work-related muscle tension. And when that goes on for an extended period, it can mean serious mobility problems.
Health + Chronic Muscle Tension – Mobility of Neck and Head
When chronic muscle tension builds, it often accumulates in your neck and head. This can lead to soreness and in chronic cases it can lead to levels of immobility. Some women complain of not being able to turn their head comfortably, or of pain when they flex their neck. This can contribute to tension headaches and lack of sleep, which can cause further stress and tension. So it becomes a vicious cycle.
Health + Chronic Muscle Tension – Bone Health
If you have really chronic muscle tension and you are not sleeping properly and experiencing immobility and leading a less active lifestyle, it may put your overall physical frame at risk.
Without regular stretching and exercise, muscles can become weak and the bones connected to them can become more prone to injury. Plus, exercise has been shown to help people suffering from chronic muscle tension.
So it’s important to try and rehabilitate any worn-out, chronically tense muscles with regular, light activity that doesn’t provoke more injury. If you are plagued by chronic muscle tension, you should seriously consider getting professional medical help.
How about this moment? Do you feel any tension in your body right now?