Unlock the Secret: How Muscle Tension Influences Pain”
Today I am going to delve into the question of “why do we feel pain or numbness when our muscles become tense?”
There are roughly three types of pain caused by muscle tension, and understanding the state of our tense muscles is essential to comprehending why these pains occur. To simplify, imagine a tense muscle as one that’s always flexing and cannot relax. When a muscle is exerting force, it becomes:
We often refer to muscles that have become rigid and can no longer soften as “muscle lock.” More precisely, we define a muscle lock as a state in which the muscle spindle continuously sends a “contract” signal to the muscle.
Pain Caused by Maintaining a Hard and Thick State
At Samurai Zero Balancing Therapy, we search for the tender spots and find a posture that makes the pain disappear, returning the muscles to their original softness. This process works because improving blood flow by reducing the pressure on the blood vessels from the tense muscles stops the production of pain-causing bradykinin.
Symptoms resulting from impaired blood flow include:
・Pain appearing after maintaining the same posture for a while
・Waking up with pain
・Discomfort if not frequently changing sleeping positions
・Relief when warmed
・Numbness in the arms and legs
Pain Triggered by Hardness, Shortness, and Inflexibility
Symptoms caused by hardness, shortness, and inflexibility include:
・Pain when extending the waist
・Inability to arch the back
・Waist pain when bending forward
・Joint deformities (like osteoarthritis of the hip and knee)
・Intervertebral disc hernia, intervertebral disc disease
・Reduced range of motion
Pain in Case of a Sudden Muscle Lock
Conditions caused by acute lock include:
・Lower back strain
・Minor muscle tears (without internal bleeding)
Although the acute lock and the intense pain it causes can disappear after a few days, the locked muscle remains. If left untreated, it leads to the two types of chronic pain mentioned above. I strongly recommend those who have experienced acute lock, like lower back strain, to consider at least one treatment session. The acute lock can be a warning sign of an accumulated muscle lock, which, if left untreated, can cause severe pain again at any time.
Samurai Zero Balancing Therapy is designed to alleviate these muscle issues, restore your body's balance, and enhance your overall well-being. So, if you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed above or are simply curious to find out more, please don't hesitate to contact us or make an appointment for a session. Together, we can unlock your muscles and help you live a healthier, pain-free life.