Chronically Clenched Human
You don't have to hold it all together.
Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki Master,
Yoga and Meditation Teacher
I have been studying anatomy, movement, and energy systems for the last ten years, in an effort to heal my own chronic tension and trauma.
Through my work I share with you the techniques and practices that have greatly improved my own life, and the lives of many others.
You can work with me online or schedule an appointment for an in-person session.
Signs you may be chronically clenching:
-Unable to relax your body, including full relaxation of the pelvic floor and abdomen.
-Always: clenching or grinding your teeth, clenching your hands, holding your breath, clenching your stomach, constant shoulder shrugging.
-Holding your body in any way that leads to pain and feels like you can't soften. AKA chronic clenching.
chronic tension can be improved!
Other things you might notice:
jaw pain, headaches, neck pain, tension in shoulders, tension at the base of the skull, feeling like its hard to take a full inhale, feeling anxious. (Some of these signs could be connected with temporal mandibular joint dysfunction so if you have jaw pain/clenching/grinding/clicking check with your dentist.)
If you chronically clench your abdomen you could be affecting the ability of your organs to function properly, especially if you also have a slouching posture. This could contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction and issues with digestion/the flow of fluids throughout your body. Slouching and clenching also creates muscle imbalance that can contribute to pain over time. Correcting posture is one of the most important and effective ways to improve pain in the body.
Always check with your doctor, especially if you're experiencing any new or unexplained symptoms!
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Why Are You Chronically Clenching?
what is clenching and what causes people to develop a chronic clenching pattern?
side note I think there is a huge visceral component here! Visceral as in the entire abdominal contents, the organs and how they interact with each other and the nervous system! The organs are the emotional anatomy. Ninety percent of musculoskeletal dysfunctions have a visceral component.
Restrictions in the viscera can be caused by surgery, past infection, trauma (accident, injury etc.)
definition of clenching:
grasp (something) tightly, especially with the hands or between the teeth
press or be pressed tightly together, especially with anger or determination or so as to suppress a strong emotion
close into a tight ball, especially when feeling extreme anger
Muscle Imbalance- Posture, repetitive movements, breath pattern.
Emotional Factors- Stress, anxiety, tendency to suppress emotions or try to keep things held together. There's a saying "the body reflects the psyche" I think it's very true.
Strongly reinforced neural pathways wired for holding unconscious tension. Movement patterns could have been developed over lifetime.
Inability to turn off sympathetic nervous system, getting stuck in fight or flight. (this is connected to anxiety)
What can you do?
-Fix your breath pattern
-Move your body
-Improve your posture
-Learn how to relax
seek assistance in teaching your body how to let go: balance movement patterns, practice conscious relaxation, massage, visceral manipulation, reiki, yoga, meditation, chiropractic, therapy, acupuncture, energy work, somatic release, craniosacral therapy..