Muscle tension is a common occurrence. As a matter of fact, this is so common that most people typically have at least a few muscles that are tenser than the rest of the muscles in their body.
There are a number of factors that you may not have ever even considered that can affect muscle tension. If you continue to go through life by eating a poor diet, having a lack of exercise and not enough sleep, your muscles will tense. You will feel the tension in your body.
Some of the other reasons why people experience muscle tension are due to frustration, anger and worry; bad posture, working excessively, lack of proper relaxation and rest, smoking cigarettes, dressing lightly in cold weather, and working too much overtime.
What Are the In-Depth Factors Affecting Muscle Tension?
- Lack of sleep – this has a negative impact on the nervous system overall, and it affects the nerves that connect with your muscles as well. Without the proper rest, sleep and relaxation, you’ll push yourself too far and begin to feel overtired. The human body gets extra oxygen during sleep and this assists relieving the tension of the muscles. So adequate sleep is important for eliminating muscle tension.
- Lack of exercise – the best way to increase the supply of oxygen to the muscles is to begin exercising on a regular basis. Your muscles will even get more oxygen through exercise than they would through getting a better night’s sleep. Lactic acid builds up in the body due to low oxygen levels, so it’s in your best interest to begin exercising in order to improve your overall health.
- Poor diet – there are certain things that can negatively affect muscle tension as part of your diet. Too much caffeine will over stimulate the nerves and cause an increase in tension. A lack of calcium and magnesium can also have a negative impact as well. By having too much phosphorus in your diet, you are contributing to muscle tension. A lack of vitamin B12 is one further cause.
How Can Somebody Reduce Muscle Tension?
- Eat a balanced diet – make sure you are getting adequate levels of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and minimize the intake of caffeine. Also make sure that you are taking a B-12 vitamin every day, and this is especially true of your vegetarian or vegan.
- Get proper rest – sleeping 7 ½ hours at night is ideal. This will help properly oxygenate your body and allow five sleep cycles.
- Treatment from an acupuncturist. Acupuncture treatment can locate areas where energy and tension is “locked up” in the muscles. By locating and treating these areas with acupuncture, the muscles relax.
Contact an acupuncturist today in order to help eliminate any muscle tension that you feel on a chronic basis.