What is your favorite way to relieve muscle tension?

Leada_M
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There's a lot of new talk around this in the PT world. Muscle tension is, in large part, related to stress levels! So, jamming a ball or other tool in a knot it may not always be the best long-term solution. In my opinion, I love to pair these tools with some breath work, body awareness, and movement re-education to target the cause. It truly is individualized per person, though. For some, hot showers, jacuzzis, steam rooms, going for a run, even taking an ice bath are things I've heard of!

 

In an effort to bring some awareness and appreciation to the uniqueness of the human body, what is your favorite way to ditch some tension?  There are no wrong answers!  😊

 

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asparling1986
Community Manager
Community Manager

So glad you asked @Leada_M! I have two tips:

 

1. Hot tub. If possible, I try to take a hot tub when I'm experience muscle soreness. A very hot bath will also do, but I prefer a hot tub any day.

 

2. If no access to either, then I resort to this product which is a miracle worker. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072K6YGB5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

Bjimenez80
Member

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for addressing this subject. 
Self awareness of where I carry my stress and how it manifest in my body was key for helping with tension and back pain. There are always quick fixes,  my favorite being shoving a tool in the knot or using a back roller. Long term solutions that have helped for me is meditation, breathing, and yoga targeted stretching. The main key for me is getting enough sleep, and just getting to sleep naturally. Recently I’ve used a sleeping  app that relaxes me right to sleep. 
Have a beautiful day!

@Bjimenez80 - just out of curiosity, which sleeping app do you use? 

Lizzard
Member

I deal with this frequently as I have fibro. 
1. Self Massage especially after a hot shower and if you have a shower head that has adjustable streams then utilize it. Apply your favorite muscle cream such as Icy Hot, Tiger Balm, or my favorite is Sombra when you get out and stretch really well. 
2. In between my workout days I do yoga and lots of stretching.
3. I do believe in massage. Not the rub lotion on you to be cute, but the deep muscle work massages. 
4. Meditation. Please know and understand what meditation really is. Your mind is not "clear" but you are taking the time to just sit calmly, breath slow, and observe your thoughts without judging them or acting on them. They are just thoughts and feelings and you are just observing what is going on within you. 

5. Due my fibro I do get PT (Physical Therapy) and have found it so helpful especially when you follow up on the exercise.
6. Lastly, do everything you can to manage stress in your life. Take control of what you can and let go of what you can't. I had to understand I could not accomplish as much as I wanted. I needed to prioritize my life and work toward my priorities and the other issues or even things I wanted that were not priorities I had to let go. It took a lot of stress off me.