Hamstring pain. Quadriceps pain. Calf pain.
If you suffer from leg pain, frequent leg cramp (sometimes it hits all of a sudden), heaviness & weakness during walking, and if also experiencing knee pain, you may ask yourself: how often have you been stretching your leg muscles?
People commonly think that leg pain, heaviness and weakness come from weak leg muscles—the exercise will strengthen them, right? That is not true. The muscle tightness in the leg, in fact, causes muscle weakness, heaviness, causes cramping and pain. When it compresses the nerves, it comes with a tingling sensation and numbness too.
Picture this: for the first time after months of inactivity, you decide to climb up the mountain for 10 hours. When you reach the summit, your legs will feel heavy, weak and very tense. As a comparison, if you do leg squats while you are feeling heavy and weak in your legs, do you think squats will improve your condition? The answer is NO.
Your leg muscle has been overused. It is quite tense, the legs feel heavy and weak, but it is not true leg weakness. You cannot develop true leg weakness unless, say, you are stuck in the hospital bed, inactive, for at least 6 months. Then you may develop leg weakness.
But because you use leg muscle every day, you cannot develop true weakness, but rather, you may suffer from tightness. Tightness causes poor blood circulation, which grows into the sensation of heaviness and weakness in the legs. Practitioners know that the elderly are prone to this condition, from lifelong muscle use.
But not only the elderly will develop this condition (resulting from decades of accumulation of muscle tensions); with the increase of the so called ‘active lifestyle’, even younger people, 20-30 years of age, may rapidly develop this condition from repetitive overuse of the muscle.
Most doctors and practitioners tend to overlook this muscle-related problem because it is never picked up by MRI, CT scan, X-ray and Ultrasound. Even though you suffer from leg weakness/pain, they cannot make it better. You end up taking medications and extra prescribed exercises which may cause more discomfort.
Chiropractic spinal manipulation, on a relevant spinal level, might improve nerve supply to the affected muscle area. Then, DTMT may help treat the affected muscle.