Every day, we meet a number of diverse people and are faced with numerous situations. While we may not realize it, these encounters always leave behind residual feelings. A bank of every experience we have ever had, our body stores these emotions in different parts and we go years without knowing that our muscles are holding onto so much suppressed energy. This trapped energy can be the cause of multiple chronic disorders, muscle pain and health conditions.
What causes muscle tension-
Trauma – Traumatic experiences, from childhood scuffles to extreme violence, may be deliberate or accidental. When these experiences aren’t categorically dealt with, they lead to chronic fear, stress and occurrences of PTSD which in turn give rise to muscle tension and numerous other illnesses.
Psychosomatic Stress – This form of stress is caused by anxiety, anger, frustration and misery that is developed as a result of our perceptions and thoughts with respect to our familial, social and formal surroundings.
Pre-conditioned Mindsets – Conditioning starts from an early age and is reinforced by our parents, teachers, elders and society in general. We go through life with a lot of pre-determined, uncorrected beliefs and we never give ourselves the chance to express these emotions. Anger, sadness and fear are more often than not suppressed rather than dealt with because that is the ‘societal norm’. This suppressed emotion often if not always leads to a host of health complications and stress.
Unhealthy Lifestyle and Habits – Increasingly sedentary lifestyles and bad habits like irregular sleep, bad posture and unhealthy eating habits increase the chance of us developing muscle tension and fatigue.
7 type of muscle tension caused by trapped emotion-
1. Neck Tension –
Neck tension is often associated with one’s fears and suppressed emotions. If you are facing difficulty in expressing your thoughts fearlessly, communicating your honest viewpoints or dealing with social anxiety & trust issues, these emotions are likely to cause muscle pain in the neck region.
2. Shoulder Tension –
If you are experiencing muscle pain in your arms and shoulders, it is most likely to be a result of too many responsibilities to cater to. Work overload and responsibilities lead to an excess of mental activity and stress, thereby causing shoulder tension.
3. Upper Back Tension –
Tension in the upper back area is usually a result of one undergoing grief, sorrow and sadness. This area being closest to the heart, it is deeply linked with strong emotions like that of heartbreak or overwhelming distress.
4. Middle Back Tension –
Middle back tension is often linked to feelings of insecurity and vulnerability. If you feel that your family or partner is not understanding you or feel unsupported & lonely in a relationship, it is likely to cause tension in the middle back area.
5. Lower Back Tension –
Experiencing severe pain in the lower back area is a result of lack of self-acceptance and feelings of guilt. If you’re too hard on yourself, always feeling undeserving & unworthy, and have low self-esteem, these emotions are stored in the lower back area causing stiffness and tension in those muscles.
6. Abdominal Tension –
Not catering to certain feelings and emotions result in abdominal tension i.e. stomach pain.
Suppressing or ignoring how you actually feel about someone or a particular situation lead to storing those emotions in your abdominal area leading to cramps, etc.
actually feel about someone or a particular situation lead to storing those emotions in your abdominal area leading to cramps, etc.
7. Inner Thigh Tension –
Tension in the inner thighs is a result of feeling vulnerable. Being nervous, impatient and lack of trust in your near and dear ones often result in tension in this area.
How to Release Trapped Emotions
Indulging oneself in breathing exercises, stretching, yoga or deep relaxation massages is extremely beneficial in dealing with muscle tension, pain and fatigue. Practicing self-awareness and self-care by way of meditation, mantra chanting or any other activity which may act like a stressbuster for you (like dancing, painting or singing) is something that we should incorporate into our daily lives, being the best ways to manage and relieve stress.