Migraines, headaches, poor concentration, neck pain, upper and lower back pain, weak arm strength, inability to move arms, neck, shoulders freely can all be as a result of long-term tension in the body. Stiffness, back spasms, pain and inflammation are all often as a result of a build-up of lactic acid, congestion and lymph in the muscles. The other important factor to note is if your lower back is tight it can pull on your neck and upper back muscles too. Injury, poor posture, stress, tension, diet can all play a huge role in the ability of muscles to be able to work properly.
Posture is so important for the correct maintenance and functioning of muscles. When the muscles become tight and tense the blood flow and lymph flow cannot fully get through the entire length of the muscles. Blood supply is critical for all areas of the body to ensure it is fed with nutrients, oxygen and the waste matter generated by the cells and muscles is cleansed away by lymph. So check you’re sitting positions, your standing positions and check how you lie in bed, is your pillow of good firmness and the right height for your neck?
Your neck and shoulder and upper back muscles may be very tense also due to poor digestive function. The digestive organs are all supported in the body through related muscles. When the digestive system is under strain e.g. lacking in digestive enzymes, or has nasty bacteria overload, the related muscles in the front upper chest weaken and thus tighten all surrounding muscles. Every muscle has a pair, and a front and a back set of muscles which work in conjunction with them. Simply put, if the front chest muscles weaken, it pulls on the upper back/neck muscles and tightens them. Each muscle group is connected to a specific internal organ, therefore, when the muscles are stiff and tight or painful the organ can be compromised too or vice versa.
In this case by working on the actual cause of the digestive problem and working on all the related muscles you will feel enormous benefit. Plenty of water, minerals like zinc, magnesium, calcium, and manganese is essential for the proper functioning of working muscles. Good posture is critical, so get those shoulders back and tuck your tummy in! These may sound like simple things but they can make a massive difference to your health, energy and happiness.