One side of body more tense than other

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One side of body more tense than other

Postby sangyey » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:40 pm

Is it normal for one side of your body to have more muscle tension than the other? For the longest time my shoulder, neck area, and back area on my left side holds more tension than the other side. I have been doing about 10 minutes of yoga/stretching everyday and it is dislodging some of the tension. It's certainly noticeable when doing the stretching but I wonder if this is somewhat normal for most people anyway? When I sit in half lotus during formal practice and put my right leg over my left leg that side is also noticeable more tense than doing it vice versa ( I do try to switch legs every session as I know that is suggested ).

Thank you for your consideration.
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby catmoon » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:48 pm

It's certainly common among tennis players. Some activities just work one side of the body much more strongly than the other.
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby Josef » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:53 pm

VInyasa yoga will probably help a ton.
Crescent Moon asana in particular.
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby dakini_boi » Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:21 pm

Sangyey,

Yes, it's normal to have more tension on one side. Yoga is good. Cold showers can also really help, because they stimulate the body's microcirculation. Let the cold water hit your neck/shoulders, and at the same time, vigorously massage them. Dry-brushing the body beforehand will also help, and make the cold shower less shocking.
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby Paul » Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:29 pm

Do you have desk job? It might well be caused by that. :techproblem:
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby sangyey » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:10 pm

Paul, I don't have a desk job but have been a student for a few years and have used the computer quite regularly. Actually, when I first started noticing the tension I attritubuted it to computer use because my left shoulder side rises upwards when leaning down on my right side using the mouse.

I'm not really sure, perhaps it's best to just do a little stretching and forget about it. I had been wondering as some of the other posters commented that it is normal to have more tension on one side of the body. When I sit in half lotus one side is definitely more tense than the other and switch sides every session to try to have a balance. Of course, this day in age computers are used a lot so I am uncertain as to how much of the tension is caused by perhaps a natural imbalance and how much (might) be caused by repetitive use of computers.
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby Paul » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:14 pm

sangyey wrote:Paul, I don't have a desk job but have been a student for a few years and have used the computer quite regularly. Actually, when I first started noticing the tension I attritubuted it to computer use because my left shoulder side rises upwards when leaning down on my right side using the mouse.


If you've been a student recently, maybe carrying around a bag could've also caused problems. That happened to me thanks to carrying books around for ages in a back pack & only using one shoulder strap.


I had been wondering as some of the other posters commented that it is normal to have more tension on one side of the body. When I sit in half lotus one side is definitely more tense than the other and switch sides every session to try to have a balance.


I had a long conversation about posture with a monk a few weeks ago and he said that it's going to be the case that one side is a bit easier than the other when it comes to stretching into a meditation posture. I sit Burmese style and one leg always feels more comfortable when next to my thigh than the other. I guess everyone's a bit wonky.
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby everydaygoodfella » Sat May 05, 2012 2:18 am

I know this is a late response but if it helps i had the same issue my whole right side of my body was like tense and i wouldnt even notice i was tense. I was constantly worrying thinking that there was something screwed up with me. Then a good samritan posted this, and it solved my issue quickly, the answer was so simple.

"Your body is tense because you are probably tense. Try doing some light yoga or taking up a form of meditation to help relieve the stress in your life. A massage is also helpful. Swimming is wonderful. Do you worry? Probably so. It's wasted energy, honey. Serves no productive purpose, so try letting it go, and trust."
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby Nosta » Sun May 06, 2012 10:11 pm

Maybe your pillow is causing that.

If i sleep with a wrong pillow or in the wrong position i may found lots of tension and pain in my left side of the neck and shoulders.
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Re: One side of body more tense than other

Postby lobster » Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:15 am

sangyey wrote:Is it normal for one side of your body to have more muscle tension than the other?.

very common to be aware that internally the body is not symetrical.
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