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How to Decrease Muscle Tension

body work massage Feb 23, 2024

We’ve all had that tight, uncomfortable feeling in a muscle at some point in our lives. Perhaps from pulling or twisting the wrong way, lifting something incorrectly, or from sitting in one spot for too long. But what exactly is muscle tension? Here is the dictionary’s definition of muscle tension:

“Muscle tension refers to the condition in which muscles of the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period. Muscle tension is typically caused by the physiological effects of stress and can lead to episodes of back pain.”

Did you know it only takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes of sitting and not moving for a muscle to become tight? So think about it, how long do people sit in their cars every day or sit at a computer? It’s a wonder that your whole body isn’t just a bundle of tight muscles.

There just isn’t enough blood flow or oxygen getting into our muscles when we sit in a shortened or lengthened position all day. This is one reason why we can get neck, shoulder and back pain.

It isn’t just inactivity that can be the culprit of muscle tension. Muscle tension can also be caused from physical or emotional trauma. Because of their abrupt nature they are harder to avoid, but there are things that can be done to help if you’re suffering from tight muscles.

Tips to Decrease Muscle Tension

  1. Stretch every day
  2. Get up and move around at work every half hour
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Regular massages

Taking those few minutes out of your day to stretch, go for a walk, or grab some water will pay off mightily in the end to keep from having to endure the pain of muscle tension.

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Here’s to Your Health,



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