Muscle tension is a very common problem and it can affect people of all ages, especially adults. When we talk about muscle tension, what we mean is a feeling of tightness or pressure in a specific muscle or muscle group. While someone might only experience muscle tension, often times pain, soreness, and a restricted range of motion accompany it.
Any muscle in the body can experience this feeling of tension, but it is most common in the muscles of the back, neck, and shoulders. For many people, persistent tension in the muscles of the upper back, neck or shoulders also causes intense headaches.
Muscle tension can be caused by a number of different factors including:
- Anxiety and stress
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Certain illnesses like a flu or cold
Since it is not a specific malady or injury, muscle tension can be difficult for a doctor to diagnose and treat. When you tell a doctor that your muscles feel tense, it does not really tell them that much about the problem.
Treatment for muscle tension usually requires a broad approach. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. A doctor may recommend a number of things, which may include trying various prescription drugs. You may have to try a few different things before finding what works best.
While there might not be a single approach that will work for everybody, there are things that can help. In this article, we look at some of the best natural methods to relieve muscle tension and to prevent it from occurring in the first place.