When most people become stressed, they unconsciously contract their muscles. In particular, the muscles in their back. This ‘Muscle guarding’ is a survival response designed to guard against injury. In today’s world where we are not exposed to physical danger most of the time, muscle guarding still occurs whenever we become mentally or emotionally stressed.
The areas most affected are the muscles of neck, upper back and low back. For most of us, the particular muscle affected by stress is the trapezius muscle, where daily stress usually leads to chronic tightness and development of trigger points. When these muscles are tighter than normal it will cause stress in the joints of the neck leading to subluxations and neck pain or discomfort-even headaches!