Do you wake up with unrelenting Tight Muscle Pain that never seems to dissipate? Muscle pain can be caused from several different reasons including but not limited to the following: muscle trauma, hypertonicity due to poor posture and repetitive overuse injuries, and more. Some repetitive stress injuries include tendonitis and bursitis. Some treatment for tendonitis includes icing procedures, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and stretching techniques. Icing protocol should be twenty minutes on and at least sixty minutes off and repeated as often as necessary. Chiropractors can adjust the bones adjacent to where the tendonitis resides if the bone is truly subluxated. A subluxation means less than a complete dislocation of a joint with nervous system interference. If there is no interference to the nervous system then the body should be able to function at 100%. Physiotherapy modalities that can be performed include: electrical muscle stimulation, cold laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, diathermy, and hot and cold application. Sometimes trigger points can develop in muscles and refer pain to other areas of the body distal from the site. These are trigger point referral patterns. When pressed upon they can cause pain and local inflammation.
A Chiropractor will search for areas of misalignment called Subluxation. They will find these areas through static and kinetic palpation. They will utilize techniques like: Diversified technique, Blair, drops, Activator Methods, Gonstead, Cox Flexion/Distraction technique, SOT, Graston, NUCCA, and more. Although these techniques are similar in the results they achieve, they couldn’t be more different in their delivery of the actual technique and thrust. Some techniques are very gentle such as the Activator Method technique while Gonstead technique is a very direct and rough technique that can be very aggressive in its delivery. One factor that Chiropractors will insist the patient performs for Tight Muscle Pain is to increase their water consumption dramatically. As a general rule of thumb the patient should drink a minimum of half of their body weight of water in ounces per day. If they drink coffee, tea, or soda then they need to replace their water consumption with more. All of these beverages are anti-diuretics so they just dehydrate the body leaving muscles, joints, and ligaments sore and achy. Stretching techniques should be done daily to prevent any pain and local inflammation. This will help to prevent repetitive stress injuries and prevent other areas of hypertonicity from occurring.