The Electrical System, Muscle Tension, and Your Back

Persistent or recurring pain is often the result of structural and electrical imbalances in the body. If one or more of these structures is thrown out of balance, you may begin to feel discomfort or pain. The structural system is your musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones and joints that make up the skeleton, the muscles that move the bones and joints, and other tissues that provide support. The electrical system is your nervous system, and includes the brain, spinal cord, and the millions of nerves that branch away from the spinal cord and give us our senses, feeling to respond to objects in the environment, and ability to move. Imbalances within the electrical system can result in fatigue, negative emotions, and pain. The electrical system and the structural system are closely connected, and one system may be able to affect the other, for better or for worse. Chronic, unnecessary muscle tension is one ability of an imbalance in one system affecting the other.
Muscle Tension
Excess muscle tension means that particular muscles are working too hard, for too long. This excess muscle tension can be brought on by negative emotions (such as anger and anxiety), or overwork of muscles in a job or exercise. This overwork creates a build-up of chemicals in the muscles, which often cause the formation of "knots" or "trigger points". These areas of muscle are exceedingly contracted, tight, and tender. Some areas of muscle tension, or knots, are tight enough for the lay person to feel from touching the area. Common areas of muscle tension include the head and neck, jaw, shoulder area, lower back, and buttocks.

Most of the muscles of the body are in an un-contracted state, and contract only when the body needs to use them to lift something, do work or move. The joints of the body, particularly the spine, work well, when the muscles are in balance. Take the back, for example. The human spine runs vertically along the back of the trunk of the body. The human spine is held in place by muscles pulling from opposite directions in back of it. When the muscles are working in harmony, the spine is held in place and stable at a state of rest. When the muscles are thrown out of balance, the force pulling the spine in one direction may be greater than the force pulling the spine in the other direction. This imbalance may cause an abnormal curve or compression of the spine, and we may begin to feel back pain.

Knots, trigger points, and muscle spasms are variations of the same thing - muscles contracting too much and too often. Excess muscle tension pulls and jams the joints together. This excessive pulling of the joints can damage the joints; and the excessive pulling of the joints can cause added pressures to be applied to the joints and trigger pain circuits along the spine.

Knots, trigger points, and muscle spasms can increase pain in the in the upper and lower back, as well as the arms and legs as well. Therefore, it is important that you know your limits of what your muscles can handle when at work and at play. Also, you must learn to become aware of certain postures and situations that may cause you increased muscle tension.