Detecting the Onset of Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Acting Early

Everyone experiences muscle pain from time to time, whether it’s after a tough workout or from moving in a way you’re not used to. Your muscles need time to heal, and then the pain should go away after a day or two.

However, in some cases, your muscles never stop hurting – they may even begin to hurt more. You may initially think this is normal, especially if you continue to work out or move while the muscles are healing. But this pain is not normal. In fact, it may be a sign that you are experiencing a painful condition called myofascial pain syndrome.

Myofascial pain syndrome can lead to long-term feelings of pain and may pose serious disruptions to your daily routine. Fortunately, there are ways to release tension in your muscles and find relief. At Ideal Spine, we train chiropractors in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), an advanced chiropractic approach to spine and total-body wellness. Speaking to one of our trained chiropractors may help you determine if you suffer from myofascial pain syndrome and find solutions early on.

What is myofascial pain syndrome?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder characterized by the painful development of sensitive nodules, or trigger points, in the connective tissue of your muscle called the fascia. If pressure is applied to these trigger points, whether directly or through nearby strain or tension, the trigger point will produce deep pain in the muscle. Trigger points can also cause referred pain, or pain in other areas of the body, making them somewhat difficult to diagnose.

The most common reason trigger points occur is because the muscles are being contracted too often. This may happen because of repetitive movements on the job or in a sport, an acute muscular injury, tension caused by stress, or even poor posture. Anything that puts repeated stress on the muscle poses the risk of developing a trigger point.

The symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome are typically felt in the lower back and neck and may include:

  • Deep, aching muscle pain;
  • Muscle pain that persists or worsens rather than eases over time;
  • Tender knots in muscles;
  • Inability to sleep because of pain or discomfort.

If you believe you may be experiencing myofascial pain syndrome, think about if you have recently suffered an acute muscle injury, if you tend to use particular muscles repeatedly for a job or hobby, or if you frequently experience muscle tension due to stress. These risk factors can help you identify the condition early and may help you get ahead of the problem.

Trigger point-related pain may cause you to tense up more, resulting in more trigger points, and so on. Early identification of the condition may help you receive treatment to prevent the development of additional trigger points and to relieve tension in muscles for pain relief.

Pain relief for myofascial pain syndrome

At home, one easy method of myofascial pain relief is heat therapy. A balance between mild exercise and relaxation may also be beneficial to the muscle by strengthening it and letting it heal.

In addition to at-home therapy, chiropractic care may be able to help you manage your pain. Chiropractors use a number of physical therapy techniques to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Among these are massage, which targets the affected muscle with the intention of loosening it to potentially alleviate pain, and stretches, which may assist in elongating and relieving tension in the painful muscle.

If you are experiencing deep muscle pain that doesn’t seem to go away, contact an experience chiropractor trained by Ideal Spine today. By working with a musculoskeletal expert, you may be able to get ahead of the pain or find solutions for long-term pain management.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Chiropractic Adjustment May be the Mood Booster You’ve Been Looking for

Aches and pains are a part of life. Our bodies endure a lot of stress over the years, and eventually, that stress can catch up to us. Living with discomfort or pain day in and day out can wreak havoc not only on your body, but also on your mind.

If you are suffering from the effects of poor physical and mental health, avoid turning to medications or other non-natural treatments. Whether you suffer from a mental illness or have just been feeling down lately, working with an Ideal Spine-trained chiropractor may be able to help give your mood a boost.

Studies have shown that chiropractic has interesting effects on mental health. Many patients going for regular chiropractic care noted an improvement in their mental health and a reduction in their feelings of anxiety and depression.

But why does this work? What relation does the spine have to the brain? There are actually a few explanations for this.

The mind and body are connected

There are many studies that have shown that the state of the body can have effects on the mind, and vice versa. In chiropractic, there is another idea relating the body and mind, which focuses on the spine. As the central hub for all nerves leading to the rest of the body, the spine may play a large role in how the rest of the body functions.

Spinal experts believe that vertebral subluxations, or misalignments in the spinal vertebrae, may affect your mental health. This is because the mind is connected to the body through the nervous system. If one or more nerves are pinched or compressed, connections in the body may be disrupted, potentially causing imbalances within the body and brain.

Through chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor will push on the vertebrae to put them back into alignment. This may create total-body balance and improve the connections between the mind and body, even resulting in an improvement of mental health.

Daily pain can become a nuisance

Living with even minor aches and pains can prevent you from feeling well day-to-day. When discomfort or pain is present for too long, it can begin to crowd your mind. Mental and physical health are closely related in this way – when the body feels good, the brain usually feels better, too.

Chiropractic adjustments may help alleviate seemingly minor problems like muscle tension and slight back pain. With these problems resolved, you may be surprised to see how much happier you feel as a result!

Chiropractic may soothe chronic pain

While chiropractic adjustment has long been considered an effective form of treatment for patients with chronic pain, the mental benefits of chiropractic for these patients is often overlooked. People with chronic pain also often suffer from disorders like anxiety and depression because of their constant feelings of pain and isolation.

Getting help and pain relief through chiropractic does more than help these patients’ physical bodies – it can also help relieve some of the mental stress associated with chronic pain. Patients may feel better both physically and mentally after a chiropractic adjustment because of the pain relief it may provide.

Whether you suffer from chronic pain, minor pains, or perhaps no pain at all, your mental health may be affected. If you’re feeling down, look for an Ideal Spine-trained chiropractor near you. Our spinal experts utilize Chiropractic BioPhysics, a treatment methodology that links the spine and its many elements to total-body wellness.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Sidelined with Plantar Fasciitis? Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment!

As a runner or athlete, you rely on the proper motion of your feet and ankles to get you across the field or trail. But if you wake up one day with a terrible pain in your heel, your athletic activity may come to a sudden halt.

What you are experiencing is likely plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the foot. Plantar fasciitis can make movement (athletic or otherwise) difficult, as pain typically worsens with pressure or impact on the foot.

If your heels begin to sear with pain, you’ll want to take some time away from working out and focus on healing your feet. At Ideal Spine, we encourage athletes to book an appointment with a local chiropractor to potentially alleviate plantar fasciitis and any secondary pain it has caused.

How did my plantar fasciitis occur?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in runners and athletes. It causes heel pain through the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting your heel bone and toes.

The plantar fascia’s job is to absorb shocks in your foot. Small tears in the tissue may occur over time because of repeated stress, leading to inflammation and pain. People with plantar fasciitis often experience stabbing pain in the heel that worsens in the morning or after periods of sitting.

Plantar fasciitis commonly occurs as a result of repetitive impact on the feet and/or inadequate arch support from shoes. If you are an athlete, wearing shoes that give proper support is crucial.

The chiropractic solution to heel pain

Pain from plantar fasciitis can usually be treated with ice and rest, but these remedies don’t work to solve the root problem. Visiting a chiropractor may provide you with relief from pain, as well as techniques you can use to potentially speed up the healing process. Here are some ways your chiropractor may be able to help:

  • Ankle alignment: Misalignment in the ankle may contribute to plantar fasciitis because the plantar fascia may have to work harder to move the foot without the help of the ankle. Chiropractic manipulation and realignment of the ankle joint may help improve function in the foot that is inflamed.
  • Massage: Your chiropractor may utilize soft tissue massage and trigger point therapy to release tension in the inflamed plantar fascia.
  • Exercises and stretching: A chiropractor may be able to work you through exercises and stretches designed to relieve inflammation and elongate the tissue. Additionally, exercises can help strengthen the lower leg muscles and stabilize the heel to prevent pain.
  • Posture correction: Your chiropractor may help correct your posture, so you have a normal gait when you walk and run. This may alleviate some of the pressure off of your feet and plantar fascia.
  • Secondary pain treatment: Many people who experience plantar fasciitis try to avoid pain by walking in a different way than the body is used to. This can result in pain in the hips and back because the body gets pulled in peculiar ways. A chiropractor may use manipulations to realign the body and ease these secondary pains.

It may take up to several months to heal your plantar fasciitis. For most athletes, this timeframe can be excruciating, as it usually means you’re unable to play or run for the remainder of the season. However, continuing to put stress on the feet through high-impact sports and activities will only result in more pain and delayed healing.

By working with a chiropractor, you may be able to accelerate your healing more than if you’d only utilize at-home care. Contact one of Ideal Spine’s Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)-trained chiropractors to learn more about our holistic approach to patient care.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Diagnosing Back Pain Properly: How to Avoid Generalizations

A large portion of a chiropractor’s patients come in because they are experiencing back pain. Back pain, while extremely common, is actually one of the toughest conditions to diagnose, because many of its symptoms are interrelated.

This poses a challenge to chiropractors looking for the root of the problem. Too many practitioners give vague answers and generalizations about back pain. At Ideal Spine, we encourage our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)-trained experts to diagnose the patient properly through a careful series of steps, including thorough questioning and testing, before administering treatment.

The importance of correct diagnosis

Chiropractors must use specific terms to accurately diagnose and explain musculoskeletal problems to patients. This may seem obvious, but because back pain is so complicated, it can be difficult to not generalize or jump to conclusions. The following are some of the top reasons why it’s so important to pinpoint specific causes of pain:

  • Treatments for one condition will not always be effective for another condition. Misdiagnosis may result in the patient receiving ineffective treatment and living in pain for even longer;
  • Accurate diagnosis will help treat the root of the problem, not just the symptoms;
  • Misdiagnosis can lead to secondary pain or additional health problems.

Reaching proper diagnosis

A chiropractor’s job is to ask thorough questions and gather as much information about the patient as possible before reaching a diagnosis. This is especially important when dealing with back pain, since the symptoms may lean in one direction before a particular piece of information is revealed, and the diagnosis changes. Diagnosis should include the following steps.

  1. Observation of the patient: Age, weight and other physical characteristics can tell a chiropractor a lot about the patient and what conditions they may be suffering from. This alone is not an adequate method for reaching diagnosis, since some people may experience conditions that are uncommon for their age group or sex. However, this can help lead the chiropractor to some potential conclusions for testing.
  2. Medical history: The patient’s medical history can be a great indicator of past bodily trauma and injury that may be manifesting as back pain today. During this step, the chiropractor should identify what type of pain is occurring, where it is being felt and, when the pain began, and other information related to the symptoms.
  3. Physical exam: Next, a chiropractor should examine the patient thoroughly. The patient should undergo a series of physical tests that gives the chiropractor a clear view of the pain, other symptoms, weakness, and more.
  4. Testing: Once the chiropractor believes they know what is wrong with the patient, they will usually need to order one or more diagnostic tests to see what lies beneath the surface and reach a conclusion. X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans can give insight into what the vertebrae, discs, and joints look like and exactly where the issue is located.

When spinal experts provide diagnostic information to the patient, it’s important that they use medical terminology to describe the condition, as well as give an explanation of what is happening inside the body. This is very important because terms for spinal conditions are often used interchangeably by different doctors, so the patient should be able to understand exactly what the term means to avoid confusion.

Treatment must also follow a consistent pattern to understand how the patient is reacting to particular techniques. Follow-ups should be scheduled to track progress. If no progress is being made, it may be necessary to switch treatment plans. If no treatment works, it’s very possible that an inaccurate diagnosis was given, and further testing is necessary. However, some people will experience chronic pain regardless of diagnosis; in these cases, chiropractors should teach patients ways to manage pain levels through therapies, stretches, and lifestyle changes.

Ideal Spine trains chiropractors to diagnose and treat patients in a holistic way through the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. This method incorporates total-body wellness and spinal alignment for the best possible patient care.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.