For about 5 years I have been plagued with the physical symptoms of anxiety one of them being, muscle tension. It all began when I injured my hip by tearing a muscle. The pain was chronic for a year straight, even with physical therapy. Before the injury I was very physically active--working out at the gym 3-4 days a week. The exercising had me in a pretty calm, happy state, as I was burning off lots of stress.
After my injury I noticed my back was hurting a lot with what felt like muscle tension. I was not able to exercise as I previously had because I wanted my hip to heal----and then unfortunately my gym closed. Thus, I wasn't burning off my stress with exercise, and the constant pain was putting additional stress on me, making my back tension worse.
I am doing a lot better with my anxiety as far as the panic symptoms (rapid heart-rate, avoiding things etc.) all of those symptoms are dwindling away, and I have come so far with getting over those symptoms, I see it as quite miraculous because I thought I would never overcome those things, but I somehow did. The only symptom left to get rid of is the muscle tension.
I really want to get back into exercising like I used to just for the calming benefits. I have experienced first hand how exercise can eliminate anxiety, and I think that it (exercise) can be a tool added to my ways of coping. I am just looking for relief because my back pain is terrible