Have you ever felt pain, soreness, or stiffness in your muscles? Chiropractic care for sore muscles is an affordable, effective, and non-invasive solution.
Almost everyone experiences muscle soreness at some point in their lives. This uncomfortable condition can be caused by pumping too much iron at the gym. But sore muscles can also result from poor posture, a sedentary lifestyle, or even just sleeping in the wrong position.
A common belief is that getting a massage is the answer to relieving muscle soreness. It’s true that massage therapy is a good option…but it’s also very expensive. This leads many of us to grab the painkillers and bear the discomfort.
But there is another way.
Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat sore muscles from the joints to the deep tissue to the muscle fascia. Chiropractors are experts at adjusting joints and relieving tension, and this can instantly alleviate soreness in muscles too.
And the best part? Chiropractic care is COVERED by most insurance providers.
Chiropractic Treatment: What You Need to Know
Before we jump into chiropractic care for sore muscles, let’s address the elephant in the room:
Chiropractic care is not just for stiff necks and sore backs!
Chiropractors help millions of clients every year address a range of issues non-invasively, including:
- And—you guessed it—muscle pain and soreness
Chiropractors adjust and manipulate the muscular system, skeletal system, and nervous system (where pain comes from!) to help patients achieve mental and physical wellbeing.
In many cases, patients experience nearly instant relief from pain, tension, or stiffness as a result of chiropractic treatment.
But how does it work? First, we need to understand why our muscles get so sore.
Muscle Soreness Explained
Muscle soreness has many causes, but the root of the issue comes down to inflammation.
When your muscles experience strain or tension, they become damaged. This causes your body to trigger an inflammatory response to contain the damage before the repair can begin.
This damage isn’t all bad, though. In fact, the “burn” you feel at the gym is actually your muscle tissue tearing slightly. When the body repairs the muscle, it becomes bigger and stronger than before (bringing a whole new meaning to getting “ripped”).
Problems arise when inflammation becomes chronic. This can result from too much exercise without enough recovery time, repeated injury, poor posture, or a misaligned spine among other things.
These result in constant inflammation, which translates to constant pain.
How Chiropractic Therapy Helps Sore Muscles
Choosing chiropractic care for sore muscles is an effective alternative to expensive massages or invasive medical treatment. Here’s how it works.
Let’s get straight to the point. Chiropractic adjustments of the musculoskeletal system relieve pain—and often, pain is relieved instantly.
If muscle pain is caused by a misalignment, then correcting the misalignment will cause the pain to reduce dramatically.
It’s literally like a heavyweight being lifted off of your sore muscle and redistributed to the rest of your body, as it should naturally be.
Poor posture is caused by slouching, too much time spent sitting in front of a desk, or constant staring at a phone screen (which you’re probably doing RIGHT NOW).
When your posture goes bad, certain muscles have to support way more weight than they should. This leads to ongoing damage, constant inflammation, and pain that gets worse and worse.
Chiropractors can help you get your posture back on track, which will eliminate the cause of a lot of muscle soreness.
Chiropractic care can even help sore muscles when a misalignment is not the cause.
Soreness caused by injury can take time to heal, and if chronic inflammation sets in (due to repeat injuries or lack of proper recovery), reduced motion and soreness can be a daily issue.
Chiropractors reach through the muscle to realign joints and restore range of motion. This action actually restores muscle function and allows the soft tissue to heal faster.
Chiropractic care gets to the root of muscle soreness and boosts recovery from the bottom up.
In the case of chronic muscle soreness, multiple approaches might be necessary to relieve the pain and underlying causes.
Chiropractic care is a key component in this treatment because chiropractic joint movements cause muscle tissue to relax—even at the deepest layers. This makes it easier to manipulate via other forms of treatment, resulting in quicker recovery and faster pain relief.
If you’re undergoing other treatments such as massage, heat and cold therapies, electrical stimulation, or invasive treatments, they are likely to be more successful if paired with chiropractic care.
Find Relief from Sore Muscles
Do you suffer from sore muscles? Even moderate pain could be indicative of a big problem. Talk to a chiropractor today and learn more about how your muscle pain could be solved in as little as one session. Remember, chiropractic care for sore muscles is safe, pharma-free, and non-invasive. Plus, it’s probably covered by your insurance!
Article Reference: Dr. Gerald Ferencz is a licensed chiropractic physician and Active Release Therapy certified practitioner at Performance Rx Sports Care. He attended California State University Northridge earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology and Biomechanics and graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic with Cum Laude honors from SCUHS. When Dr. Ferencz is not helping patients or training for events, he is developing the next generation of champion athletes in swimming and triathlons.