For many people regular chiropractic care is incredibly helpful at reducing aches and pains in the joints and muscles of the body.
When a chiropractor “adjusts” a joint (especially in the spine), that adjustment improves the range of motion of the joint. When the joint has full range of motion, pain is greatly reduced in most cases. It’s important to understand that joints that do not move through their full range of motion usually cause discomfort, aches, and pains.
Why do joints not move through their full range of motion in the first place?
The most common reasons are 1) poor posture in your work environment, 2) sitting at your computer for 4 to 12 hours per day, 3) muscle strain, and 4) repetitive motion, and overuse.
- Poor Posture in the Work Environment – When sitting with poor posture for extended periods, muscles get tight and joints get stiff. If you have poor posture for a day or so, it’s not so bad. But when you go to work and sit at your computer for 4, 6, 8, or more hours, then joint and muscle stiffness and pain will eventually crop up.
- Sitting at a Computer for Extended Periods – Sitting at a computer for 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, for months and months often causes your neck and shoulder muscles to become tight and painful, your low back to get stiff and achy, pain to shoot down the muscles of your legs, and tingling and numbness.
- Muscle Strains – These can happen when you use muscles that are deconditioned (out of shape). It can also happen if someone is pushing too hard while exercising at the gym.
- For the “deconditioned” person, strains occasionally happen with simple, innocuous activities such as bending over to pick up your child, reaching down to tie your shoes, or twisting to reach back to grab something.
- For the well conditioned person, it’s not uncommon to get an occasional muscle strain from pushing too hard in the gym or while playing a sport.
- Repetitive Motion and Overuse – If you do the same job making the same movements day in and day out, eventually the muscles get tight, the joints get stiff, and the body gets aches and pains. Repetitive motion and overuse is when you use the same muscles over and over. If you do this for too long, the tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) begin to fail.
To greatly reduce or minimize the problems I’ve outlined above, see your chiropractor every 3 to 6 weeks. For the sedentary or less active people, every three weeks is about the right frequency. For the moderate to highly active people, getting chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy every 6 or so weeks is about right.
Chiropractic care is a preventative method of health care. Just as you go to a dentist to have your teeth cleaned every 6 months, or you go to the auto shop to have the oil in your car changed every 10,000 miles, you should get your joints adjusted every 3 to 6 weeks. Think of chiropractic care as floss for your joints and muscles.
All the best,
~ Dr. John Blenio
High Amplitude Health Chiropractic and Sports Injury is looking forward to offering care to anyone in the San Mateo, CA area suffering from aches, pains and sports injuries.