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The musculoskeletal system, comprising muscles, tissues, and ligaments, works with the brain from the central nervous system to provide mobility, stability, and function to the upper and lower extremities. However, pathogens, injuries, or traumas related to environmental factors can lead to overlapping risk profiles and musculoskeletal pain, causing disability and discomfort to individuals. Fortunately, many people opt for non-surgical treatments to alleviate pain and restore their bodies. This article delves into how pain affects muscles and tissues, how chronic conditions related to muscle and tissue pain, and how non-surgical treatments can ease such pain. We work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ valuable information to provide non-surgical treatments for muscle and tissue pain affecting the musculoskeletal system. We encourage patients to ask essential questions and seek education from our associated medical providers about their condition. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer
How Does Pain Affect The Muscles & Tissues
Do you experience muscle or tissue strain from reaching high places or neck and back pain from prolonged phone or computer use? Have you recently lifted a heavy object and now feel discomfort in your back muscles? These are all common forms of musculoskeletal pain that can affect various body parts. Symptoms can often vary depending on the severity of the pain, and research studies revealed that chronic musculoskeletal pain can be complex and either nociceptive or neuropathic. When muscle and tissue pain occurs, it can misalign the upper and lower regions of the body and cause muscle groups to work harder to alleviate the discomfort. This can lead to spinal subluxation and haywire nerve roots.
Now research studies mentioned that many individuals dealing with musculoskeletal pain often report decreased productivity or have to change or quit their jobs due to the pain. The symptoms that are correlated with muscle and tissue pain include:
- Tenderness and weakness
- Steady aches
- Random sharp pains
- Joint issues
Various symptoms similar to pain can affect the muscles and tissues throughout the body. These symptoms can be widespread or localized to specific areas associated with the musculoskeletal system. The central nervous system is also impacted since the nerve roots are connected to the muscles and tissues in the musculoskeletal system. The nerve roots originate from the spinal cord and intertwine with muscle and tissue fibers, which can cause them to become trapped. This can result in stiff and contracted muscles, leading to chronic muscle and tissue pain.
Chronic Conditions Associated With Muscle & Tissue Pain
Experience muscle and tissue pain that affects the nerve roots. It may be due to chronic conditions like myofascial pain, sciatic nerve pain, herniated disc, or other musculoskeletal-related issues. Research studies suggest that this type of pain can be localized, regional, or widespread and can move from one spot to another, leading to sensory abnormalities and chronic conditions. Environmental factors like occupational hazards can also cause chronic muscle and tissue pain. For instance, desk jobs, truck drivers, and construction workers may experience pain due to overworking or overstretched muscle and tissue fibers, poor posture, and excessive sitting. This discomfort and pain in the extremities can be relieved with proper care and treatment.
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Musculoskeletal pain can affect the muscle, tissue fibers, and nerve roots. If you experience this type of pain due to environmental factors, treatments are available to help alleviate the pain and reduce symptoms in your upper and lower extremities. While surgical or invasive treatments like spinal surgery or nerve root blocker injections are options, they can be costly and cause stress for some individuals. However, some non-invasive treatments, like chiropractic care, use gentle manual manipulation to stretch affected muscles and release pain, providing relief and allowing for natural healing. The video above talks more about non-invasive treatments for musculoskeletal pain.
Non-Surgical Treatments For Muscle & Tissue Pain
Research studies revealed that non-surgical treatments are crucial for enhancing recovery and overall well-being, as musculoskeletal pain can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Non-surgical treatments are safe, gentle, and cost-effective for those experiencing musculoskeletal pain affecting their muscles and tissue fibers. These treatments can also be personalized and combined with other corresponding therapies to reduce pain and restore muscle and tissue function. Here are some non-surgical treatments that may be helpful.
Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., and Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, explained in their book “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression” that therapeutic wavelengths are a safe and non-invasive way to provide deficient muscles and tissue fibers with necessary nutrients and to relax affected surrounding muscles. The book also highlights that therapeutic wavelengths can promote healing in aging, sick, injured, or malfunctioning tissues and muscles. There are several benefits to therapeutic wavelengths, including:
- Water retention
- Hemoglobin absorption
- Regulating melanin
- Restoring connective tissue
Research studies have revealed that low-level laser therapy can alleviate the effects of overused muscles and tissues by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. This therapy emits a gentle, warming light that stimulates the body’s natural healing process by promoting effective cellular function. Benefits of low-level laser therapy include:
- Accelerate tissue repair
- Increased reduction of fibrous tissue formation
- Increase anti-inflammatory response
- Improve nerve function
- Restore muscle tone
If you’re experiencing musculoskeletal pain due to nerve root compression between muscle and tissue fibers, spinal decompression could be a non-surgical solution that helps. This treatment involves gentle traction that stretches the spine, which can help to reduce fatigue in your muscles and tissues. Research shows that spinal decompression can help rehydrate your spine, relieve pain in your upper and lower extremities, and allow your muscle and tissue fibers to stretch and feel relief from the effects of musculoskeletal pain.
Various environmental factors can affect the muscles and tissues in the musculoskeletal system, resulting in pain-like symptoms. These can be caused by injuries, trauma, or overlapping risk profiles, making individuals unable to work. Fortunately, non-surgical treatments can help alleviate the affected muscles and tissue fibers, providing a safe, gentle, and cost-effective means of restoring the body and promoting healing. These treatments can also be combined with other therapies to enhance an individual’s health and wellness journey.
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