Any Suggestions On How To Stop Muscle Tension?Anonymous wrote, I have a question, I have chronic anxiety and my muscles in my back legs and shoulders stay tense and sore 24/7. Any suggestions on how to stop this? I hurt all the time Samantha – I would try icing it and then heat, on and off. I have a tense neck and shoulder blades when i get stressed. I ice then heat it.Sandy –Have you been tested for fibromyalgia?Sandra – Yoga, helps me tremendously. I have high anxiety and body pain, but not so much anymoreJacqueline – Massage therapy.. I had to take robaxacet the doctor said I needed to move out of my father in laws house I was on verge of a heart attack my neck / shoulders were hard like a rock.Alice – Deep tissue massage.Pamella – Hot baths with epsom salt. Hot showers. Lavender oil. Lavender flowers. Trying to touch your toes. (Sounds painful but works).Brandy – I do restorative yoga and massage therapy for the same thing.Janice – Massage therapy does wonders for anxiety and stressPatty – Massages help for me…deep tissue.Pamella – http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.aspEpsom Salt Uses & Benefits | SaltWorkswww.saltworks.usLong known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous… health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses. See MoreLori – Have u tried meditation?Belinda – Warm bathsBernadette – Chiropractor helps. I went he said I’m in rough shape , holding my breath a lot wrecked my back , neck and shouldersGihan – Have ur bath tub full of warm water. Soak yourself in it and put on relaxing music. Stay for an hour. Then apply messaging oil on ur body n have some expert massage u.Christine – Meditate there’s cds and massages when it hurts a lot yell at yourself to relax your muscles and focus on dropping arms down or legs to relax do it a lot til its feeling better you cope in natural ways no muscle relaxersMelissa – Doing routine stretches and exercise battles my tension. I walk 30 mins a day.Natalie – Massages are amazing but can get expensive if you need them often. For a great home massage stand with a tennis ball against your shoulder, against a wall and gently lean back, rolling the ball across the knots. Feels amazing and it’s so cheap! 🙂Burke – Sounds like chronic pain also.. I have both n still trying to get help n relief.. So good luck with thatNiki – I know. Easier said than done, take some time to yourself and relax. Breath. Get some lavender oil and think happy thoughtsMelissa – I know how u feel . I get sore all overRyan – Flex them as hard as you can, then say “relax” and stop flexing them. Slow, deep breaths as well.Lauren – I go to acupuncture 2x’s a week & have had cupping. It helps relieve stress & anxiety, since there are specific points for acupuncture. I also have Fibromyalgia, so I’m in chronic pain.Lica – Mine too! I get bad headaches from the strain. I try to get massages when I can but they are expensive. I have found one person who uses the force necessary to make any progress but again, I can’t afford to se her often enough to actually work any of the tightness out. She does medical massages and told me the only person she has ever worked on worse than me was someone who had MS and has had surgeries reattaching muscles, if that gives you any idea how bad my muscle tightness is. My usual solution if it gets so bad that I have the tension headaches, is to take half of a 1mg Ativan that I have a regular prescription for…for anxiety and panic attacks. It basically works like a muscle relaxer in a lot of ways. It can make you sleepy, which is why I take a partial one if it’s during the day. That’s the best answer I have found thus far and it is not one I use automatically everyday, just when it gets really bad. I’m like you, back, neck, and shoulder pain daily. Legs as well but that doesn’t get to me like the other because it doesn’t cause the headaches. My muscles are sore on a regular basis as if I went to the gym, just because I keep them so tense. Just wondering, and of course you don’t have to say, but what, if any, meds do you take regularly? Some can increase the amount if tension.Victoria – I went to a masseuse twice a month (because of cost), & I didn’t feel a lot better until one session I cried (from emotions, not the message), & that relieved a lot of tension for me.I hope just a measage will help you. But have a few sessions before you give up on it. Also drink plenty of water before and after.Happy thoughts sent your way. 🙂Lica – I’ve even used a golf ball. I would lay on the floor and put it under my shoulder-blade and kind of roll around. It does take a little more work though but is also great like the tennis balls. I have those as well.Kiara – Reiki!Lica – I stretch a lot as well but the relief is short and never enough.Kris – WALK just put your Ipod in and walk to the musicSour – Yoga and meditationAhna – I can relate with so many of you on this thread and the writer who’s asking. Definitely get tested for fibromyalgia. If you have no other damaged vertebra in your neck or back, that would be a great place to start to figure out why you’re having so much pain.With that said, I’ll move on to stress. Women especially tend to carry their stress in the neck and shoulder area. Due to the tightness of those muscles from the stress, you are now over compensating your other muscles to carry your body around all day. Massage works for this, heat works for this, and stretching is mandatory. Now let me explain why stretching is so important. Every single animal stretches as soon as they get up from naps, laying down, sleeping, and after strenuous activities. Humans are the only species that doesn’t automatically do this on a consistent basis. This is why so many people suggest yoga. It is all about stretching and the elongation of your muscles and body. Stretching in itself can relieve stress, anxiety, and pain. Google some good stretching techniques and put them into your daily routine. All day long. At your chair, after you get up from a sitting position, laying down, getting up, when ever you can, do it. Within days you’ll feel a remarkable improvement. Any other underlying cause will then become clearer and your explanation to your physician will be easier to diagnose. Hot shower in the morning will help loosen the muscles, if your shower is accommodating, stretch in there too add the water soaks your neck and shoulders. I’m personally not a fan of baths. I don’t think the bath water reaches my target areas. Like I mentioned above the pain you may be feeling in the rest of your body may all stem from the over compensation for the real pain which is being carried in your neck and back. Anything physically demanding or athletic should be postponed and avoided until you figure out the cause of your pain. I ignored my bodies warnings, continued to push myself, and ended up with a spinal cord injury and a second neck fusion surgery. Listen to your body. It knows more about you than your brain sometimes. As funny as that may sound, I’m being serious. Your brain controls and puts out messages that can fool you into thinking everything still be okay. Adrenaline, serotonin, yadda yadda yadda… it all affects you in one way or another. If you have any damage in your spine or neurological your body may not be communicating with your brain properly. Again, these are all from my own personal experiences and what I’ve gone through. Your issues may be completely different. Everyone is different and the only person who can tell you what’s wrong and how to fix it will be your primary physician. If he isn’t able to give you answers, he will send you to a specialist. But Stretch stretch stretch in the meantime…Good luck!!Yoshi – Soak in a super hot shower and learn to let go of life as life happen. Anxiety is hard to beat, but meditating and learning to just let go is the best way to handle that. At least for me anyways.Mandi – Have you had any blood work done? Being low on certain vitamins can be a big reason and not drinking enough water. Also Epson salt baths are great for relaxing but drink plenty of water before and after.Paula – I see a osteopath and he gives me stretches that help. Wheat bag before sleep helps too but the most effective thing for me is gentle yoga.Michelle – Yoga, heat packs, massage, and Deep Blue(pain cream from DoTerra that is great for muscle pain).Jenny – Try taking a magnesium supplement called Cabot Health – complete magnesium. We are all Mg deficient. ..this Will help heapsTerri – There are so many ideas and wonderful people who offer supporting ideas. I bumped my head into the wall many times until I found what worked for me. It’s part of my journey to recovery. Stay positiveBrandy – Even with exercise sometimes, when your anxiety is high it is difficult to relax because you are so tense all over. Especially when you have an overwhelming fear something bad is about to happen. I wish you all peace.