Chiropractic care focuses on both the skeletal system and the treatment of muscle pain. Everyone experiences muscle pain on occasion when you’ve been moving in a way your body isn’t used to. Your muscles normally just need some time to heal and then the pain should go away; however, sometimes your muscles don’t stop hurting and can begin hurting more over time. You may think this pain is normal, but it actually may be a sign that you are experiencing a condition called myofascial pain syndrome.
What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain that is used to indicate various forms of muscle pain. This may include issues with muscle tissue, fascia, or both. Myofascial pain can vary, ranging from mild and just frustrating to severe and debilitating. This pain originates in specific trigger points that are located in the muscles at various points of the body. Thankfully, whatever your level of pain or discomfort, chiropractic treatment can provide a solution that may help eliminate the pain!
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are tightened sensitive spots that can be located in any muscle. Trigger points often vary from person to person and when they form they can cause a variety of symptoms. These symptoms include burning, tingling, weakness, and pain among other symptoms.
Trigger points are caused by trauma to the body such as a car accident or during an athletic event. Trigger points can also be caused by mild, long-term trauma such as working at a desk with poor ergonomics, or consistently making a repetitive motion over a long period of time.
These points are often hard to identify because they will occur in different spots on different people. Chiropractors are trained to be able to find trigger points even if they are hidden, they will be found eventually.
How Can a Chiropractor Help With Myofascial Pain?
Chiropractors are really good at not only finding trigger points, but also treating them. Chiropractors use various physical therapy techniques to help treat myofascial pain. These can include massages that target the affected muscle area, as well as stretches that can help relieve tension in a painful muscle. Working to break up the tension in the muscles and finding the trigger points and improving alignment are all ways that a chiropractor will be able to help with myofascial pain.
These treatments will also help increase strength, range of motion, and flexibility. With continued care you will likely also find that you have more endurance for work and other recreational activities, and may even sleep better, too!
Chiropractic care can help patients with myofascial pain live a higher quality life with less pain on a day to day basis. If you are experiencing back, shoulder, neck, or any other muscle pain that doesn’t seem to go away contact Fletcher Chiropractic today! We will work with you to find solutions to your pain and long term management.
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