Why does the body suffer when we are tense and how can we alleviate these aches and pains?

According to a recent study, people who have high demanding lives are more than twice as likely to experience muscle aches and pains compared to those with less busy lives. When we are under stress our bodies produces hormones that increase muscle tension and pain sensitivity.  To alleviate these problems, in addition to remedies like meditation, proper diet, relaxation exercises, exercise and enough sleep (about 8 hours) there are other options at a physiotherapy level, whether applied by a physiotherapist at his practice or using 3TOOL at home always guided and previously instructed by a physiotherapist.

Surely, you have heard of Tension Type Headache (TTH) but we reveal three more areas that tend to be annoying and remedies to alleviate them.

Neck and shoulders

This is the area where more aches and pains related to stress are located. You can feel discomfort in the neck area, the back of the neck down to the shoulders. There are many muscles and structures that may be involved in the discomfort and pathologies in this area, therefore, one should first visit a physical therapist that addresses the issue and makes a proper physiotherapy diagnosis for each particular situation.

In our blog there are several posts regarding this topic that can be helpful, such as "What is the problem with my trapezius?", "How can I relax my neck?" and "How to relieve neck and cervical pain.?"

Additionally, the following exercises can be very helpful to relieve pain and eliminate contractures in the area.

Face and jaw

You can have a sore and tense jaw, the pain getting worse when you chew, this is known as bruxism. Many people respond to stress by tightening the jaw or grinding their teeth while they sleep.

To fix this you should see your dentist to check the effects and wear it has on your teeth. Normally he will recommend placing a plastic shield to protect teeth from grinding and consequent wear.

On the other hand, to relieve pain and release muscle tension in the masseter muscle one can perform this exercise with zone 1 of 3TOOL.

Low back

The pain is often concentrated in the lower back area and gets worse by adopting certain postures and movements. There are many causes and triggering factors being one of the least taken into account driving. The whole body is tense and sitting in the same position for long periods of time adding more stress to already overworked muscles.

As a solution, you can place a cushion in the lumbar area and properly adjust the steering wheel and seat of the car; neither the pedals nor the steering wheel should be too far from our limbs and the seat should be in a more or less straight position.

Another option is to perform compression exercises using zone 1 of 3TOOL on the piriformis muscle that is usually affected and influences the pain picture.

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