Can a Chiropractor Help with Muscle Pain?
Chiropractic treatment is often associated with bones, joints and discs. However, treatment the surrounding muscles and other soft tissues is an essential aspect of chiropractic care. Any approach to treatment should be holistic. Problems in one area of the body, such as a joint or disc and result in pain in other areas, including muscles.
When you visit a chiropractor, they will carefully assess the type and cause of your muscle pain. They may recommend treating it with a variety of physiotherapeutic muscle therapy techniques while other times, they may recommended chiropractic adjustments or a combination or chiropractic treatments and muscle therapy.
How Chiropractic Treatments Help
Muscles knots and muscle pain can be the result of joint dysfunction and restrictions in the body. If those aren’t resolved, then there’s no hope the muscle knot will be resolved either. Any other treatments like massage will only provide temporary relief if you don’t address the root cause of the problem.
If your muscle pain is caused by issues related to the joint or spine, chiropractors will remove dysfunction and restriction through hands-on chiropractic manipulation techniques. Once those have been dealt with, then the knots themselves can begin to be worked on through muscle therapy techniques in order to resolve them.
How Muscle Therapies Help
Muscle therapies include a range of treatments that involve manipulating muscles and other soft tissue to resolve muscle pain and improve health and well-being. It can involve kneading, holding, moving and applying pressure to muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia.
Physiotherapeutic muscle therapies such as massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and dry needling can alleviate symptoms related to chronic and subacute back pain, delayed onset muscle soreness, muscle spasms, fascia restriction, soft tissue injuries and pain and dysfunction in various body parts. Muscle therapy restores function, movement and aids in the resumption of normal activities such as work and sport.
Combining Chiropractic Care and Muscle Therapy
The muscles, joints, spine and nervous system are all connected to each other, affecting how you function, recover from injuries and the quality of your overall health. By combining physiotherapeutic muscle therapies and chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors can provide effective treatment for the whole body as one connected system. Each treatment compliments the other.
For example, muscle therapy relieves tension in the soft tissue, making chiropractic adjustments more effective as tight muscles can lead to misaligned joints. Chiropractic, in turn, supports muscle therapy. If pain involves misalignment, adjustments may provide immediate relief. Soft tissue heals quicker once the joints are realigned. Chiropractic adjustments relax the deep layers of soft tissue that can be difficult to palpate, allowing muscle therapies to work better.
Make an Appointment at Our Perth Clinic
For more information on our physiotherapeutic muscle therapy and chiropractic adjustments, read more about what to expect for your first visit. If you’re experiencing pain related to your spine, joints or soft tissue, make an appointment with our chiropractors today. To make an appointment, contact us online or call 08 9227 9341 today.