Why do my shoulders and neck hurt so much?!
Tension, tension, tension…
Are you saying I’m tense?
Well, in a word, yes! People often perform actions whilst over-using their muscles and often are not even aware that they are over-using them. Over time, a pattern of tension builds into the way they move and chronically tense muscles are simple more likely to get injured.
Working in one position for hours on end is a guaranteed way to build tension patterns in your body.
Why does it keep happening?
Tension build-up is a major culprit in the injury of soft tissues in the body. Tension builds up when we use our body (in both normal day-to-day life as well as during exercise) in a ‘tense’ way.
By this we mean that you regularly perform actions (even simple ones such as breathing) by using the incorrect muscles and using them in an inefficient and strenuous way.
How can you help me release this tension?
Physical tension can be released through massage therapy and acupuncture, but you also need to retrain yourself and learn new ways of moving so that you do not live in way that builds up tension habitually.
We can provide lessons on Eastern Body Movement alongside a Tui Na or acupuncture session and also can include sessions on breath retraining and mindfulness training to help you approach the emotional and mental tension that also builds up and contributes to muscle injury.