What Should I Do If I Have a Muscular Condition?
If you suspect that you are suffering from a muscle-related pain or condition, a chiropractic physician is an ideal first healthcare practitioner to consult. While massage therapy alone can be beneficial, faster relief and longer-lasting results are typically achieved by utilizing a more comprehensive treatment approach which may include some combination of the following: chiropractic adjustments, ART (active release therapy), Graston Technique, physical therapy techniques, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and homeopathy & natural medicine. There are many types of muscular and myofascial conditions, as well as other serious diseases and nutritional disorders that can mimic muscle-related problems. One of the most common is myofascial pain syndrome caused by trigger points. These trigger points, commonly referred to as “knots”, are focal areas of increased muscle tension which can cause local or referred pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, and “pins & needles” sensations. Sometimes muscular pain is the direct result of injury to the muscle, as in the case of a muscle pull, tear, or rupture. Other times, tendinitis or tendinosis may develop when the muscular attachment to the bone (called the “tendon”) becomes strained or inflamed from a specific injury, or as the result of repetitive strain. Examples of repetitive strain to the muscle or tendon include prolonged and/or poor sitting postures, repetitive motions, and improper lifting. Another muscle-related condition is called muscle imbalance, in which specific groups of muscles become weak and/or inhibited while their related counterparts (antagonist muscles) are tight and/or overactive. This muscle imbalance commonly leads to poor muscle function & athletic performance, joint instability, and pain. Other muscle-related conditions include fibromyalgia, tension headaches, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff syndrome, iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome, and muscular & myofascial adhesions. Most people don’t realize that by the time they actually feel muscular pain, the surrounding joints and nerves have also become affected. This is why the care we offer is so effective in treating muscular pain: because it is comprehensive care that addresses not only the muscles, but also the wide range of underlying causes including spinal & extremity joint misalignments & restrictions, nerve problems, and dietary and lifestyle contributing factors.
Aside from the wide variety of muscle-related conditions, there are also more serious diseases that can mimic muscle-related problems. Our doctors of chiropractic are highly skilled in diagnosing the condition, identifying the underlying causes, and determining which treatments would be most effective. Your chiropractor will take a detailed history and perform a physical, neurologic, and orthopedic examination tailored to your specific symptoms. Depending on the specifics of your condition, the doctor may order additional diagnostic testing including blood work, X-Rays and/or MRI studies, or other specialized testing. Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, your chiropractic physician will discuss with you your various treatment options, which may include some combination of the many natural treatments that we offer such as:
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Homeopathy & Natural Medicine
- Physical Therapy Services & Sports Medicine
- Massage, Myofascial, & Manual Therapies
- Cold Laser Therapy
- ART (active release therapy) & Graston Technique
Or if you prefer an integrated approach utilizing both natural and conventional medical treatment, then we will be happy to refer you to and/or co-manage your condition with the appropriate medical specialist or other health care provider. If your condition would be more appropriately managed by another health care provider, a prompt referral would be made.
Contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.