The supraspinatus muscle in the shoulder is a quite small muscle and it may not be the only muscle that is tightened in the joint.
As with any muscular rigidity, we have to ask ourselves, what is the cause of involuntary tightened muscles in the body? They are induced by a reaction triggered by the autonomic nervous system (ANS), specifically the Sympathetic component of the nervous system.
There is no other mechanism for this condition in the body.
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If a chiropractor is saying that tension in the spine muscles is causing occipital neuralgia (neck pain), the message he/she is sending is most likely that your answer may be found outside of their office. It does not seem to be a message that more sessions with a chiropractor will help.
There is nothing wrong with chiropractic therapy, but other than offering short-term relief, it can do little to relax tightened muscles in the spine and neck.
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1. Figure out what is causing the pain. All pain has a cause and figuring this out in the first step to dealing with hip and lower back pain.
Assuming you’ve seen a doctor and were told that you don’t have any major issue, such as cancer or infection that is causing the pain, you can probably assume it is simply Tension-Based Pain.
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My answer to the question: What is the best alternative treatment for sciatica?
The best ‘alternative’ treatment is the most normal and natural way to end nagging and painful sciatica. It’s non-invasive and in most cases is completely free of cost.
The first thing to understand is that sciatica is just a name assigned to Tension-Based Pain at a certain place in the body. In this case the lower back and down into the legs. If it’s in the shoulder - it’s called bursitis, if it’s in the arch of the foot - it’s called plantar fasciitis, if it’s in the back - it’s called non-specific low back pain, etc.
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"Freedom is the only condition for happiness.”
This idea from a thoughtful article “If You Expect a Lot and You’re Tired of Being Disappointed” written by Carl Phillips is an idea worth pondering. When we feel free we are more likely to be satisfied and happy. Many people think that the concept of “letting go” is some sort of new age nonsense, but nothing could be further from the truth.
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Brittleness. What is the action in our bodies that makes us feel stiff and brittle?
When we see a young child sleeping or running and playing they are relaxed and at peace.
As adults, if we are experiencing a taught, tightness in our limbs and trunk and our bodies are unable to move freely with ease, we are suffering from tension. Tension is a normal involuntary response of the autonomic nervous system, which is designed to ready us for action, but can be over stimulated by our reaction to stress. This type of stress in modern life does not resolve the way in which it was intended, such as a flight or fight conclusion.
We stay in this state of stress continuously, which causes great harm to us over time by ratcheting our muscles; cutting off circulation; increasing our blood pressure; increasing the cholesterol, decreasing our ability to digest our food and many other destructive effects.
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Stiffness can only be caused by one of two processes that occur in the body: voluntary tension or involuntary tension.
Sleeping in front of a fan or open window could cause one to shiver or get goosebumps, which may form if they are feeling chilled, but it would probably not make muscles stiff.
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After trying every conventional therapy for crippling, chronic low-back pain, I discovered the problem was completely within my control. I experienced an amazing health transformation in a matter of weeks. Mind-Body medicine worked for me, and it can for can too!