Stress is a part of life, and there’s really no way around it. While there are certainly ways we can help limit stress in our lives, it will always be present. Because of this, the focus should not just be on reducing stress, but managing the stress you already have.
The mind and body are indeed connected. Our moods, physical state, and overall well-being can have a great effect on our bodies.
For instance, when people get cold, they tend to lock up their shoulders and raise them up in a sort of slight shrugging position. When someone is tired, they tend to slouch. If you are someone who deals with a lot of the same stress and situations consistently, there is a good chance that you will show consistent effects of it in your body.
Common Problem Areas Affected by Stress
While stress does affect our bodies in nearly every area, there are a few particular parts that seem to bear the brunt of stress in your life, leading to some noticeable physical effects.
Stress often makes people very tense. Though we may not mean to, we can sometimes bottle up the stress by keeping our bodies stiff, which is a way of not allowing ourselves to fully relax. This can be just as common as it is in a desk chair as it is when you are laying in bed to sleep at night. It affects the way you walk, stand, and even sit.
The neck can often bear the brunt of stiffness in the upper body. Unfortunately, if your neck begins to have issues, it can lead to more issues in your back and shoulders. Neck pain often leads to headaches, which in turn makes your stress work. It’s a truly vicious cycle.
Your back is especially prone to showing the effects of stress, particularly in the lower back area. Stress can cause us to tense up, which makes the muscles lock up and eventually get sore. Sore backs can then affect the way you sit up and walk, causing you to put more pressure to one side or the other.
People with back issues from stress may then try to over correct their posture, aggravating the back muscles even more. It’s also worth mentioning that w hen we get stressed, we can end up blocking other nerve pathways leading down your legs, which can then lead to problems such as knee pain. For more on back pain, check out our blog entitled, Why is My Back So Tense?
Foot pain caused by stress? Absolutely. The tension in our back and neck can significantly affect posture and weight distribution. This can cause us to stand with weight distributed on one foot more than the other, or even in one part of the foot.
Eventually, your feet can get very sore from the added load, which then turns around and affects your spinal alignment and neck posture. Everything ties together.
How Massage Therapy Helps With Problem Areas
Massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and ease the symptoms in your body that come from it as a result. The benefits of regular massage therapy can do wonders for your stress levels, aches and pains, and even overall health and well-being.
When visiting a massage therapist, it’s common for your therapist to ask you some questions about any problem areas that are bothering you, although they can often determine it just by feeling along these areas and observing. They can both feel and see the unevenness in your back and spinal alignment that has resulted from the way you’ve been carrying your stress.
Massage therapists can pay close attention to your problem areas, and work to massage and loosen the muscles into a more relaxed state. This helps to keep your body more relaxed, easing the discomfort from your current state while also preventing more issues. Massaged also help to release endorphins in your body that can provide a calming and soothing effect for both your muscles and mind, long after the massage is over.
Schedule Your Massage With Zen Body Therapy Today
Massages are one of the most effective ways to relieve the nagging symptoms of stress in problem areas of your body, while also helping to keep you less stressed to begin with. Regular massages ensure a proactive approach that benefits your body in a holistic way. If you would like to receive an amazing stress-relieving massage, contact Zen Body Therapy in Alexandria, VA by giving us a call or sending us a message online today to book your appointment and get on the road to a better quality of life.