Musculoskeletal and Nuromuscular Rhode Island Chiropractic Clinic - Chiropractor Services

Musculoskeletal and Nuromuscular Rhode Island Chiropractic Clinic - Chiropractor Services

Muscle Strain, Pain, Weakness, and Injury

As more of the population becomes dissatisfied with medical treatment for ligament sprains and muscle strains, it is of paramount importance to revisit and solidify your expertise in these areas. It is not necessary to be a sports injury guru to understand the fundamentals of these injuries. The overwhelming majority of my patients that experience muscle strains are not sports enthusiasts or practitioners. They are the average person who may or may not be physically active, and who may or may not be actively taking charge of their own health through proper exercise and nutrition.

Whether muscle injuries are the result of sports activities or doing household chores, no group is more equipped to handle these types of injuries than chiropractors. Why? Because we not only deal with the soft tissue problems that accompany muscle strains, as do physical therapists, but we go one very important step further. We address potential joint misalignments, especially in the spine, which result from the initial trauma, or from the residual compensations due to muscle imbalance.

The Rhode Island Chiropractic clinic of Dr. Stephen Estner provides muscle pull and pain relief including (Click on a topic below for more information):

Muscle Pull

A muscle pull is a condition where the muscles are injured due to a traumatic pulling of the fibers. This tearing of the fibers is known as a muscle strain.

A sudden or abrupt movement that causes the muscles to stretch the muscles past their point of elasticity usually causes these injuries. While some types of back strains are the result of a high velocity impact (an example is a car accident that causes whiplash), other types of pulls are caused by repetitive strain. For example, a person who maintains improper posture at a computer on a regular basis, or a tennis player who uses improper form may have their muscles tighten to the extent that something as simple as reaching for a salt shaker can cause them to pull a muscle. To add to the pain of a pulled muscle, the surrounding muscles react to the tear by stiffening to protect the injured muscle from further harm

With Chiropractic Care, on average, it may take about six weeks to recover from a muscle pull with some relief being felt after about three weeks.

The first line of treatment is to support and protect the muscles, help them to loosen up and lessen the pain and minimize any inflammation. After the scar tissue has begun to accumulate, it will be important to perform procedures that help break down the scar tissue in the muscle so as to let the muscle regain its normal flexibility and lessen the chance of further injury. This is done with gentle chiropractic adjustments. After three weeks, the muscle strain usually benefits from a program of mild exercise.

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Trigger Point

Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in tight bands of muscle fibers. They usually develop due to a muscular overload and are actually the result of a local area of ischemia (blood loss). The palpable nodules are said to be small contraction knots and are a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or motor dysfunction. Scientists have mapped patterns of referral for trigger points throughout the body. For example, a trigger point palpated in the upper trapezius muscle can cause a referral pattern of pain to the temporal region of the head. Deep tissue massage is highly beneficial in the treatment of trigger points and often times can release trigger points almost instantaneously.

Trigger point therapy is a manual technique in which pressure is applied to tender areas on the muscles known as muscle knots or trigger points. These sensitive spots can be latent, which means they hurt only at that specific point, or active, meaning that when pressure is applied, the patient experiences pain in other parts of the body as well.

By pressing on the trigger point, a therapist interrupts the neural signals that cause the muscle knot. This can eliminate pain, reduce muscle spasm, increase circulation and release lactic acid buildup, ultimately restoring balance and stability in the body. Patients who can benefit from trigger point therapy include those with arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, joint pain, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, neck pain, sciatica, TMJ, tendonitis and whiplash.

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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Massage

The most effective type of massage therapy for lower back pain is neuromuscular therapy. Neuromuscular therapy is also called trigger point myotherapy. The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury (such as a muscle strain).

Neuromuscular massage therapy technique

Neuromuscular therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The massage therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied to a muscle spasm, the pressure should not vary for ten to thirty seconds.

Massage therapy can reduce muscle pain

Muscles that are in spasm will be painful to the touch. The pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue. Ischemia means the muscle is lacking proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle spasm. This in turn creates the following undesirable process: Because the muscle is not receiving enough blood, the muscle is also not receiving enough oxygen The lack of oxygen causes the muscle to produce lactic acid The lactic acid makes the muscle feel sore following physical activity.

After the muscle is relaxed through massage therapy, the lactic acid will be released from the muscle, and the muscle should start receiving enough blood and oxygen. Neuromuscular therapy will feel painful at first, but the pressure of the massage should alleviate the muscle spasm. At this point, it is extremely important to communicate with the massage therapist regarding the pressure - whether the pressure is too much, too little, getting better, getting worse. The therapist should listen and respond accordingly. The massage therapy pressure should never be overly painful. In fact, most people describe the pressure as "good pain".

What to expect after massage therapy

Following a neuromuscular therapy massage, any soreness that presents itself should fade after twenty-four to thirty-six hours. The muscles that were tight should remain noticeably more relaxed for four to fourteen days, depending on stress, activity level, and severity of back pain prior to beginning massage therapy.

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Musculoskeletal Disorders

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).

By restoring normal function to the musculoskeletal system chiropractic can play a major part in relieving disorders, and any accompanying pain or discomfort, arising from accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear that happens to all of us.

New research continues to support what millions of patients already know, chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment for those suffering from musculoskeletal conditions. In a new study, 280 patients suffering from musculoskeletal complaints were followed while undergoing chiropractic care. General health, pain and physical disability were evaluated before and after their 12-week chiropractic care treatment plan. Based on their findings, researchers concluded that the study suggests that chiropractic care reduces pain and disability as well as improves the general health status in patients with musculoskeletal-related conditions. Additionally, researchers stated no adverse events from chiropractic care were reported.

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Muscle Strain

Muscle strain or muscle pull or even a muscle tear implies damage to a muscle or its attaching tendons. You can put undue pressure on muscles during the course of normal daily activities, with sudden, quick heavy lifting, during sports, or while performing work tasks.

Muscle damage can be in the form of tearing (part or all) of the muscle fibers and the tendons attached to the muscle. The tearing of the muscle can also damage small blood vessels, causing local bleeding (bruising) and pain (caused by irritation of the nerve endings in the area).

Some of the basics as they relate to the muscle strain environment are as follows and you need to be aware that muscle injuries may occur at different parts of the muscle structure.

  • Muscles may tear within the muscle belly.
  • Muscles may tear at the musculotendinous junction.
  • The muscle may tear away from its origin.
  • The muscle may tear away from its insertion.

Muscle strains/tears are graded according to the degree of muscle fibers involved.

  • Grade I: overstretching of a few muscle fibers with less than 10 percent actual fibers tearing. No palpable defect in the muscle.
  • Grade II: a partial tear of the muscle fibers usually between 10 and 50 percent of the fibers. A definite palpable defect in the muscle belly.
  • Grade III: an extensive tear or complete rupture of the muscle fibers. From 50 to 100 percent destruction. Very large palpable depression in the muscle. The muscle may be torn away completely. There is no possibility of normal contraction.
Predisposing Factors to Muscle Strains
  • a muscle that has been previously injured and has neither properly nor completely rehabilitated;
  • using a muscle that has been previously injured and healed with contracted scar tissue, thus not permitting normal muscle excursion; a sudden force can reinjure the scar tissue and recreate the symptoms of a muscle strain;
  • unusual tightness within a muscle group that does not permit normal excursion in the muscle-tendon unit;
  • improper or incomplete stretching and warming up prior to exercise or competition;
  • overexertion;
  • overexposure to cold temperatures for extended periods of time.

Treatments will vary based on the extent of the injury. Chiropractic care of a muscle strain will be determined based on the specific case.

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Muscle Weakness

The brain controls everything in your body through the spinal cord, spinal nerves, and peripheral nerves also known as the nervous system. Your muscles are not an exception. The health of your muscle tissues depends largely on the information coming from and to the brain through the nerves. However, when the nerves supplying your muscles get injured, your brain is no longer able to maintain the health of the affected muscles. With an injury to your nerves, you may first experience pain or numbness in the muscles, then weakness of the muscles, and eventually loss of muscle mass.

Chiropractic care will examine you thoroughly to determine the exact cause of stress on the nerves affecting your muscles. Then, they will apply gentle Chiropractic adjustment to improve joint mobility, and Chiropractic biophysics to correct spinal alignment. The increased mobility and alignment will aleviate the stresses that your injured vertebrae are placing on your spinal nerves, restoring your brain’s ability to control your muscles.

Before you start experiencing more severe symptoms and reach a process that is irreversible visit Dr. Estner chiropractic today.

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Grip Strength Loss

The loss of grip strength due to the reduction of sensation results in dropping items easily. The symptom usually involves the thumb, index and middle finger. The little or pinky finger is sometimes spared as it is controlled by a different nerve called the Ulnar nerve.

The diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome begins with your Doctor. Specialized tests will determine the best course of treatment for you. Grip strength, Tinel and Phalen’s are the most common tests used in the physical examination. Advanced Testing may include X-ray, MRI, EMG(Electromyography) and Nerve Conduction Study may also be performed.

Interesting fact, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the number one Occupational Illness in the United States. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounts for about 50 percent of all work related injuries. Each worker compensation claim for these repetitive stress injuries can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome results in the highest median number of (30) days of work lost.

The rise of computer usage in offices, homes and schools has thrown a brighter light on a problem that has been with us since the first days of assembly line work in the “olden days.” Computer specialists, carpenters, factoryworkers, food service workers, typist/data entry personnel are at increased risk of suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Most conservative care involves the use of a splint used either night time or day time. Physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound, diathermy, heat, ice, injections, massage, and drugs. Surgery is always the absolute last resort and should only be considered after all conservative treatments have been attempted.

The “No scalpel, No Surgery technique” is a form of hand trigger point therapy. The Gua Sha (polished buffalo horn) Acupuncture technique is used to the surrounding areas. Light neck adjustments and cranial techniques are used to help improve the nerve flow to the area. Acupuncture is also used with light electrical stimulation. Hand and wrist stretches are done pre and post treatment. The “No Scalpel, No surgery technique” has been revolutionary in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Nutritional support is usually needed to help provide appropriate nutrients to the tissues to improve healing.

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