Every day there are many people that experience muscle injuries, pain, and discomfort. The reasons for muscle pain and injury are numerous. Whether the muscle pain is acute or chronic, it can be really devastating. You would find yourself unable to accomplish any of your day-to-day tasks.
People suffer from muscle injuries due to physical trauma that might happen during accidents or during any sports activity. Yet another common reason can be the overuse of the injured muscles without getting proper treatment. For some people, sitting in one position for long hours can also be the reason behind muscle pain and injuries. All these things lead to an imbalance in the body muscles, and if you are delaying proper treatment, you might have to face major muscle problems such as complete muscle damage. So what should you do to get treatment? According to experts, it is always best to consult experienced and qualified chiropractors for resolving all sorts of muscle issues.
What Do You Mean By Muscle Imbalance?
In simpler words, muscle imbalances occur when one of the adjoining muscles of the joint is stronger than the other muscle. The irregularity in the muscle strength increases the pressure on the joint and the weaker muscle. This excess pressure leads to immense pain and discomfort. Our bodies are perfectly designed to perform different work, but only when a perfect balance is maintained among the muscles of the body. The body can overcome a small muscle imbalance. But if you are neglecting the issue for a long time, then the body’s functional efficiency decreases leading to various health issues.
How Do Chiropractors Treat Muscle Imbalances?
#1 Chiropractic Therapy – Cold/Ice Packs:
When you experience imbalances in the muscles, a well-trained chiropractor focuses on providing cold therapy treatment (also called cryotherapy). In this procedure, ice is applied to the affected muscles, which, in turn, helps in reducing the pain, inflammation, and swelling. The coolness of the ice will contract the blood vessels and help slow down the blood flow to the affected muscles so there will be a reduction in the inflammation.
#2 Chiropractic Therapy – Application Of Heat/Hot Therapy:
Heat therapy is often combined with cold therapy to provide complete therapy to the patient suffering from muscle imbalances. With the use of hot packs, the chiropractor will increase the flow of blood to the tissues that are injured. The hot pack will help in speeding up the healing process as well as help the muscles gain strength. Moreover, the heat provided to the muscles will gradually reduce stiffness and increase the range of motion of the affected muscles.
#3 Chiropractic Therapy – Ultrasound:
With this chiropractic technique, the chiropractor makes use of advanced devices that produce sound waves and direct the waves toward the affected muscles. When the waves penetrate inside the muscles, they help in delivering oxygen to the injured or weak muscles by directing the flow of blood toward them.
#4 Chiropractic Therapy – Trigger Point Therapy:
This chiropractic therapy is used for treating imbalances in the muscles and injured tissues. A well-trained chiropractor will identify the trigger points or pressure points of the body and apply gentle pressure with the help of their hands. These pressure points are considered the epicenter where the pain is experienced. This chiropractic therapy is highly applicable in reducing the pain and discomfort significantly.
#5 Chiropractic Taping Therapy:
With this chiropractic technique, a specialized tape is applied to the affected muscles. The tape helps in realigning the muscles and helps in reducing pain and discomfort. The tape applies pressure to eliminate the strain and stress from the muscles.
Before deciding which of these chiropractic therapies is best suited for you, the chiropractor would conduct a physical examination and get to know your medical history. After these exams and tests have been carried out, the chiropractor will be able to customize a perfect chiropractic treatment for the health condition of your particular muscle imbalances. Besides this, they would also suggest some suitable exercises and diet plans that will be beneficial in improving your overall quality of life.