What Happens to the Body When It Clenches Under Stress?
When you are stressed, you clench your muscles, whether it’s by tightening your shoulders when you are in an argument or clenching your fists during an anxiety attack. Clenching and unclenching the muscles of the body, especially in the neck and back areas, can lead to serious problems down the road, such as blocking your energy flow, increased inflammation, and fluid buildup. This eventually leads to decreased range of motion, stiffness, and pain.
Why Do We Clench When We Are Stressed Out?
Two common types of body tension are mental tension (which results from thoughts) and physical tension (which results from sensations within our muscles). Mental tension occurs when you think about something stressful or emotional; physical tension occurs when you are experiencing an actual physical sensation that causes worry or fear, such as pain or tightness. Most people will experience both kinds of tension at some point in their lives. There is no such thing as a bad kind of stress; they all play important roles in your life. However, some kinds of stress cause more long-term damage than others—and it’s easy to learn how not to let your chronic worries overtake your health and happiness! Read on for tips on managing and preventing chronic anxiety and stress.
Simple Solutions to Unclench Naturally
We all know that stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, but did you know it can also cause us to clench our fists and jaw involuntarily when we’re not even aware of it? Long-term body clenching is associated with a range of motion restrictions, stiffness, inflammation, pain, and decreased energy in your body. But here’s some good news: there are simple solutions for releasing your body from its clenched state! Here’s a handful of basic ones you can incorporate into your daily routine.
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