An anxiety disorder can lead to constant or near-constant muscle tension. This will take the form of such behaviors as balling one’s fists up, clenching one’s jaw, or flexing or tensing muscles throughout the body. Many times, this muscle tension will be so pervasive that sufferers will even stop noticing that they are doing it, so used to the routine muscle tension they become.
It is possible to minimize muscle tension through regular exercise, but this path is sometimes problematic if the underlying anxiety disorder does not get treatment. If exercise is keeping muscle tension at bay, sudden unforeseen events or workout-related injuries can occur. If this happens, the muscle tension will return, adding more stress and irritation to the sufferer’s life.