Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chiropractic Helps Muscle Tightness and Muscle Spasm

Everything in the spine connects- muscles have tendons that connect to bone, bones are connected by joints or ligaments, one part of the body connects to the next… It makes complete sense that if you align the spine and or mobilize an area that was supposed to move that wasn’t, that the body will start working better.

If everything is in its proper alignment or position it allows all the surrounding structures to do the same. Let’s take an example: Let’s say on side of the pelvis is shifted, you may even notice it in the mirror in your posture. Then, chances are that your sacrum or lumbosacral junction on that side becomes irritated or restricted. This also means that the ligaments and tendons in the area are compromised leading to problems in your gluteus muscles, low back muscles and even hip musculature.

Let’s take a step back- what was the lumbosacral junction? This is where your lumbar spine meets the sacrum. Just off to the sides of this joint are your sacroiliac joints (where the sacrum joins one side of the pelvis or ilium). You already see all the connections being made just in the lower low back. This area is also one that is rich in nerve supply.

You can obviously come to the conclusion that freeing up a nerve will get things feeling better. Muscle tightness and spasm is the same. Essentially the muscles are controlled by the nerves. If there is nerve pressure then those muscles innervated by that nerve or nerves will get some problems. It’s like kinking a garden hose, if that flow to that muscle is inhibited it won’t work at 100%.

So you then can understand how relieving nerve pressure will help. This is exactly what your chiropractor does. Now bone on nerve makes sense but typically it’s inflammation that irritates the nerve; whether it’s inflammation on the nerve or the nerve itself gets inflamed. So, really what happens is that when we mobilize a restricted area or align the back, inflammation is then able to dissipate and communication is restored allowing all parts of the body to function normally again – all the way down to the cellular level. Doing this gets rid of muscle spasm and tightness.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call our chiropractic office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompressionAdditional Reading Resources:

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