Muscle body tension refers to the condition in which muscles of the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period. Muscle tension is typically caused by the physiological effects of stress and can lead to episodes of back pain. When the body is stressed, muscles tense up. Muscle tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress—the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain. With sudden onset stress, the muscles tense up all at once and then release their tension when the stress passes.
The following factors are linked to a higher risk of developing low back pain:
A mentally stressful job
Pregnancy – pregnant women are much more likely to get back pain
A sedentary lifestyle
Age – older adults are more susceptible than young adults or children
Gender – back pain is more common among females than males
Obesity and overweight
Strenuous physical exercise (especially if not done properly)
Strenuous physical work.
Unplanned weight loss.
Blood in the stool or urine.
Progressive numbness or weakness in the legs.
Inability to urinate or have a bowel movement.
Loss of bowel/bladder control.
Pain at night.