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|Causes of Unnecessary Muscle Tension
Activity is essential to life. If human
beings stay in one position too long they experience pain and fatigue.
Muscles benefit from movement and they need the good circulation of blood.
Movement directly induces relaxation and it is only during the relaxation phase
that waste products are carried away.
Voluntary muscles work in pairs. One group contracting as the opposing group
relax. This can be seen and felt if you bend your arm at the elbow and the
biceps contracts while the triceps gives way.
If muscles are held tight and tense for long periods the circulation is impeded
with a build up of fatigue products, causing spasm, aches and pains, especially
neck and shoulders.
Sustained muscle tension can have harmful effects, e.g. a clenched fist can
significantly raise blood pressure. Intermittent tension does no harm at all.
Rhythmical exercises, by alternate contraction and relaxation of muscles, will
improve circulation and reduce unnecessary tension.
Learn to relax.