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Understanding Muscle Tension

Muscle tension results from the physiological effects of stress. It causes the body to respond differently and constrict blood flow, creating a reduction of blood to the muscles, tendons, and nerves. Tension can occur from overuse, minor injuries, or a product of other ailments. Discover informative articles, helpful tips, and customer stories to help relieve your muscle tension.

Introduction to Muscle Tension

Muscle tension derives from stress. As stress levels elevate, the muscles begin to tighten. The musculoskeletal system reacts this way to protect against injury or pain, but should release as the tension dissipates.

 

Stressed individuals can develop various stress-related disorders:

 

  • Tension headaches
  • Migraines
  • Chronic muscle tension

Stress is proven to affect pain modulation in the body, meaning a person experiencing stress can have a lower ability to regulate pain. Relaxation techniques reduces muscle tension and stress-related disorders.  

 

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Facts about Muscle Tension

  • When stressed, our muscles reflexively react by tensing up — as a way to protect us from injury.

 

  • When stressed, your body produces hormones that increase muscle tension and pain sensitivity.

 

  • The most common cause of muscle discomfort from anxiety is tension.

 

  • Tension puts strain on your muscles and hardens them, which over time can cause your muscles to experience both dull and sharp pains.

Reference 1 - webmd.com

Reference 2 - calmclinic.com

Reference 3 - APA.org