If you have not experienced recent trauma or if your past traumas have not been treated/resolved then most likely the pain you are experiencing is from the way you sit, move, or otherwise hold your body throughout your day.
Making changes to how to so those things WILL help your pain levels. for instance, one of the biggest issues i see is shoulder pain and it is usually from people who sit at a desk and run a mouse as a part of their job. The desk almost always has their arm laying on it from wrist to mid forearm. This does very little to mitigate the stress that arm is under from running said mouse. That arm is hanging out in space and the shoulder muscles tighten to support it. the OTHER side of the shoulder then ALSO tightens to compensate.
One of the way to combat this entire situation is put something right under the elbow that runs the mouse. It can be pillows, the arm of a new chair, yoga blocks- whatever you like. This support takes the weight off the shoulder muscles alleviating 50-90% of the problem. Now the pain and stiffness won’t go away over night, but it did not get that way over night either.
This is just one example of how the habits, stresses and
hobbies we have can shape how our bodies feel.
It IS possible that your body is aging and therefore degenerating or otherwise falling apart and if that is the case fixing your habit patterns and making adjustments to your lifestyle will STILL have a positive effect on your pain levels but maybe not as much as someone who does not have age and dis-ease as a factor as well.
No matter what, massage is an excellent way to help those muscles remember what position they are supposed to be in. One that is relaxed and READY to tighten if needed, but not constantly tight. It also helps with inflammation, thereby easing another factor in pain.
Regular massage (at least once a month) can:
Lower your blood pressure
Reduce stress hormone and responses
Massage appears to increase the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine
Fewer headaches and migraines
Reduce overall anxiety
Reduce Panic attack Flares
And a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that massage therapy was more effective at relieving back pain than other non -surgical therapies. It even appeared to reduce the use of painkillers by 36 percent.