Muscle tension, also known as muscle stiffness, occurs when a single muscle or group of muscles remains semi-contracted over a prolonged period of time.
As well as causing movement in the affected area to feel restricted, this concern can also lead to small ‘knots’ and isolated aches. Most cases of muscle tension occur in the neck, upper back / shoulders, lower back and legs. Tension may ease on its own, but if it continues it can lead to muscle pain which can start to affect the overall quality of life. Associated conditions can include: headaches, vertigo, leg cramps and anxiety.