We work with your body using adjusting techniques and massage therapy to decrease and remove your tension. Stress, anxiety, and overuse are the three main causes of tension. Muscle tension refers to the condition in which muscles of the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period. Muscle tension is typically caused by the physiological effects of stress and can lead to episodes of back pain. Stress may change the body's nervous system by constricting blood vessels and reducing blood flow to the soft tissues, including muscles, tendons and nerves in the back. This process causes a decrease in oxygen and a buildup of biochemical waste products in the muscles, resulting in muscle tension, spasm and back pain.
Some of the most common areas for tension are the base and middle of the neck and shoulder (trapezius) regions, the mid back (thoracic) region, and the low back (lumbar) region. When subluxations are present, they cause nerve impairment that can affect the functionality of the muscles. Receiving an adjustment removes that nerve impairment and allows that nerve to relax the tensioned muscle. Our massage therapists also work with muscle tension by working with the muscles to rid them of metabolic wastes and to break up any scar tissue that may be present from past injuries.