Different people with anxiety disorder describe their tension in whole body differently. Some of them feel is as difficulty in relaxation, as if their body is stressed and tensed so much, that it’s impossible to move. They can’t even take a deep breath, as if their chest can’t rise up properly. It’s clear that people with such symptom can’t enjoy their life, work and rest well. They keep on thinking about their tension.
What Are the Reasons?
The main reason for this symptom is constant stresses and anxiety. When people worry because of no reason, they can have panic attacks, which send the special signals to the brain. They say that something dangerous is going on around, that’s why the people get scared so much. Their body is preparing to survive: to fight or to flee. Their muscles get tensed. At first tension spreads over their legs and arms, and then over their stomach, neck and back. This tension is not released, it’s kept inside the body, so every panic attack makes that symptom stronger. The people are trapped: they can’t remove their tension, it tells their brain about the danger, the brain prepares the body for fighting or running, the muscles get tensed more. The following symptoms accompany this muscle tension in whole body:
- Numbness in hands and feet (people feel that their hands and feet are very cold);
- Pain and spasms of various parts of body;
- Squeezing sensation in the chest and in the neck;
- Labored breathing;
- Dry throat;
- Rapid heart beat;
- High blood pressure;
- Intestinal issues;
- Altered defecation pattern;
Another reason for tension in whole body is degenerative disc disease, when intervertebral discs are deformed and blood vessels are pressed. This disorder is also accompanied with ringing in the ears, headaches, muscle pain, seeing spots and general weakness.
How Can It Be Treated?
If you suffer from chronic muscle tension in the whole body, you can use the following methods of self-help.
- Massage therapy, manual therapy. Those methods increase blood flow and circulation. Only an experienced specialist can do that therapy, because an inexperienced person can’t help the muscles relax.
- Electrophoresis. This procedure together with taking prescribed medicines can help you get rid of your muscle spasms and pain.
- Charcot’s douche. Cold and hot water, projected under high pressure, makes a strong massage over the whole body. This procedure helps muscles relax and improves the blood flow.
- Physical exercises. If they’re regular and good enough, they can make muscles relax and stronger.
The following medicines can be prescribed in this case:
- Painkillers for relieving pain and spasms;
- Vasodilating agents for improving blood circulation;
- Anti-anxiety medications.
Sometimes only an experienced therapist can help here. If the problem is due to stress and psychological tension, it’s necessary to see that specialist. Medications and massage can help you feel better for a short period of time, but they won’t solve the problem. People with anxiety disorder should try to calm down and avoid stresses.
Methods of Self-help
Meditation is one of the most popular and effective methods of self-help. You can do it easily at home. As a result, your muscles will feel relaxed and you will forget about panic attacks and pain. It’s good to combine meditation at home and therapist sessions.
If you noticed this muscle tension a couple of days ago, you can try warm baths before sleep. Your favorite music will help you relax. Don’t forget about physical exercises, long walks in fresh air, positive emotions. Sleep and eat well. If you take care of yourself, you’ll stay relaxed and calm.