Female sitting with back painHave muscle pain? There are many factors that could be the reason why your pain or muscle problems began or why they won’t go away.

Therapeutic massage can help alleviate muscle pains and knots (trigger points). PalmLeaf Massage Clinic helps clients determine the real causes of muscle pain. We teach self-care techniques to manage muscle pain so you can enjoy your life with minimal muscle pain.

If you have muscle pain, ask yourself:

  • How do you sleep? Poor sleeping habits can be corrected to relieve neck, low back pains and hip pains.
  • Do you sit in front of a computer all day? Neck stiffness and shoulder pains can result from poor posture and lack of exercise.
  • How do you breath? From the chest or abdomen? Proper breathing can eliminate stress and reduce neck and shoulder pain.
  • What do you eat? Some foods cause inflammation in muscles and joints while others decrease inflammation.

We have resources with healthy tips. Review the list of common perpetuating factors below:

Nutritional Stresses
  • Skipping meals
  • High sugar diet
  • Suboptimal vitamin or mineral levels
  • Food sensitivities
  • Not drinking enough water
  • High caffeine diet
  • Drinking soda or energy drinks
Mechanical/Other Stresses
  • Short leg, high hip
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Short upper arms
  • Chronic muscle tension
  • Misfitting furniture
  • Allergies-reactive skin redness
  • Not enough Excercise
  • Weak muscles
  • Scoliosis-deep lumbar curve
Posturing Stresses
  • Lying down watching TV
  • Lying down reading
  • Prolonged immobility
  • Bent forward sitting position
  • Slouch sitting position
  • Sitting without feet touching the floor
  • Texting
  • Gaming
  • Head Forward
  • Flat feet / Hyperpronation
Endocrine & Metabolic Stresses
  • Thyroid imbalance
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Systemic candida
  • Anemia—low ferritin
  • High stress chemicals
  • Low Vitamin D
Sleep Stresses
  • Stomach sleep position
  • Head extended or flexed position
  • Arms overhead position
  • Too high/low pillow
  • Jaw clenching or grinding
  • Lack of sleep
  • Disrupted sleep architecture
  • Pets/Partner disrupt sleep
Occupational Stresses
  • Too few breaks
  • Too little movement
  • Cross eye/hand dominance
  • Poor work station
  • Physical demands
  • Dislike job
  • Sitting without lumbar or back support
  • No foot or arm rest


Pyschological Stresses
  • Loss of independence
  • Loss of control
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of Anxiousness
  • Fear
  • High startle reflex
  • Chronic shallow breathing
  • Breath Holding
  • Always see negative
Leave a comment to share what causes your pain and what helps improve it.