An increased tension can put excessive stress on adjoining structures such as tendons . Biomechanical faults may develop as natural movement patterns slowly alter. Massage treatment is possibly the most effective way of indentifying these types of issues. It can normally be felt as hardness in a muscle . I can often feel it way before it actually becomes a painful condition and so it is probably the most important benefit in general preventable massage.
Although we usually associate overuse in terms of active movement, inactivity can sometimes lead to similar problems. Computer operators, for example, commonly suffer occupational stress problems due to fixed posture and lack of movement. The body is capable of a variety of movements and activities, but does not cope well with staying in an almost fixed position for long periods of time.
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In my experience, when investigating back pain, trigger points should be at the top of the list.