_I believe that everything is connected. Mind and body cannot be separated, they inhabit the same living quarters...our body. We've all heard someone (if not ourselves) say, "I can't get away from myself." Buddhist philosophy would say 'wherever you go, there you are.'
Stress in our mind will take up residence in our physical body. Conversely, chronic pain can wear us down emotionally.
When our mind is focused on something that makes us sad, tense, or angry, our muscles cannot help but respond, whether it by means of a headache, neck pain, back pain, everywhere and anywhere all the way down to our feet.
Now let's consider the physical stress we put on our bodies. In everything we do, our body must reposition itself in order to maintain balance as we move. Driving the car, we grip the wheel, and sometimes (often?) clench our jaw. The shoulder and neck have to accommodate our heavy bags. Computer work puts us in a position where our arms, shoulders, and back force the everything else to readjust in order to accommodate the shift in weight distribution, as we are not designed to sit in this position for extended periods of time, especially if we are not ergonomically positioned.
Exercise routines, footwear, carrying children, painting, scrubbing, texting....
These are just a few examples of every day stress on the body...and the mind...simultaneously.
We can't eliminate stress from our lives, emotional or physical. If we did, well...we'd be boring. Speaking in terms of balance, imagine a see-saw: Stress and emotional upheavals are riding on one side, physical strains, injury and postural imbalances on the other. Along with diet, exercise, and mental health maintenance, Muscular Therapy can be that friend who hops on board to to help maintain that balance.