Stress can change a huge
number of things and this is well known in science and medicine.
@zerodgirl, if you do have 2 science degrees and work in research, then it will not take you long to learn about the effects of stress on the body which can include:
-- increased muscle tone, muscle spasms and muscle pain
-- increased cardiovascular risk
-- stomach upset
-- ... and much more
The first on that list is the most relevant in my opinion.
My claims about stress can be verified:
Btw I love science and value research, but one area where these often fall short in my opinion is the failure to recognize connections between the elements studied. The body is an integrated mesh of brain, nerves, muscles and organs, and as if that wasn't messy enough, there's a bunch of hormones sloshing around.
Re: "TOS is a muscle and skeletal issue", it most certainly is on the surface, but that doesn't mean it isn't downstream to other issues like chronic muscle spasms which in turn could be downstream to other issues like nutritional deficiencies and stress.
If science is the pursuit of knowledge, it is interesting to ask why some people have severe, chronic scalene muscle spasms while others do not. Right?
Re: "The WHY really isn't going to help. The HOW ..." ... I'm surprised a scientist would say that. Of course, I want to know the WHY. I have been wanting to know WHY's since I was a kid for just about everything. No one has ever talked me out of wanting WHYs, though people occasionally try.
My post here is not meant to defend boytos' speculations. It's meant to argue against the overly broad counterarguments that we shouldn't learn, explore, speculate, share ideas, etc.
There is still much to be learned about TOS.