If you suffer from painful stiffness, you are not alone. In Germany, back pain is among the most frequently occurring painful conditions – and in the case of more than 80% of patients cannot be attributed to a physical cause. Instead, mental or psychological stress has transformed into physical stiffness. Any burdens that breathe down our necks and that we regularly bear on our shoulders without complaint will sooner or later become physical pain in our shoulders, neck and back.
Granted, muscle tension can make complete sense: the nerves (the sympathetic nervous system) send out alarm signals and the muscles tense so that we are ready to flee, to stand up in public or to climb a mountain. But if we do not dissipate this tension by using it constructively, it will sooner or later manifest itself as stiffness and pain in our body.