Joint Pain

Joint pain follows inflammation, such as tendonitis or arthritis. Let’s put the scenario: you want to eat an apple on the table.

  • Step 1: You saw the apple on the table, and the message received on the brain was “The apple is there, I want to eat it”.
  • Step 2: The brain sends a message to the leg muscle to stand up and walk to the table.
  • Step 3: Leg muscles will pull tendons to move bone at the joint: the movement commences.

Under normal circumstance, muscle pulls tendon only when it requires movement.

But if your muscle is already over-contracted, it continuously pulls the tendon; the pulling is bad enough to produce irritations but not strong enough to move the bone, and (eventually) start ripping it off from the bone. (That condition is called tendonitis).

As a result, inflammation at the tendon (tendonitis), inflammation at the joints (arthritis) and inflammation in the bursa (bursitis) happen. Patients will find that the pain worsens with movement after prolonged rest. Some examples: standing up from the sitting position, getting out of the car, getting out of the bed.

Headaches and Migraines

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If you are suffering from frequent headaches or migraines, your cervical (neck) spinal alignment and muscles around the neck must be examined thoroughly.

Most doctors and practitioners tend to overlook muscle-related problems because they are never picked up by MRI, CT scan, X-ray and Ultrasound. Even though you undoubtedly suffer from severe headaches and migraines, they often can’t make it better and all you end up with are the prescribed medications.

Commonly, sufferers’ muscles around the shoulder, neck (front, side & back), the base of the skull and between the shoulder blades are all very tight.

The tightness is caused by the wrong muscle memory accrued from the bad posture, or prolonged overuse of the muscles, or combination of both. The nerve root might be irritated or partially compressed from the misaligned cervical spine.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation and DTMT might be able to remedy the cause of headaches and migraines very effectively.

Leg Pain and Knee Pain

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If you suffer from leg pain, frequent leg cramp (sometimes all of a sudden), weakness when walking and also experience knee pain, ask yourself: how often you have been stretching your leg muscles?

Some people think leg pain, or leg weakness, comes from the weak leg muscles, and that the exercise will strengthen them. That is not true however. It is muscle tightness in your leg that produces muscle weakness. It causes cramps and knee pain by compressing the nerves, which also radiate pain to the knee and ankle joint.

Picture this: you climb up the mountain, or walk very long distances for the first time after a long time of inactivity. The next day you find your leg muscles hurting, and yourself weak due to a sudden overuse of your leg muscles.
Most of us tend to think “I never go to mountains, never walk long distances so I never overuse my muscle”, forgetting you have been walking and standing every single day after you were born.

Whenever you walk, your muscle exercises, and continuous stress on the muscle leads to muscle tightness which accumulates. After a while, you develop muscle cramps and pain in joints grows. Worst thing to think in that moment is that you do not exercise enough, simply because in your mind you separate dedicated exercise from daily operation of your body with is also exercise.

Of course you can always moderately exercise. Stretching before and after then exercise is good for you; without stretching (or warming up), you will harm your body more. For instance, if you regularly play golf or tennis, what will happen to your joint? Your joint will go through continuous wear and tear, and very quickly, because you are using them more than people who do not play that sport. That is why you need to do stretching, yet unfortunately, stretching of your muscle on your own reaps limited results because you are able to stretch only the superficial layer of longer muscles.

 

Trigger Finger (Locked Finger)

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This condition generally gives you a trigger feeling — stiffness and pain when you open your hand, but it often does not give you much problem on closing hand. Condition can be very common in population which uses (some of the) fingers in repetitive movements for many years. For example: hair dressers, masseurs, cleaners, musicians, also sports players.

Back Pain or Sciatic Pain

No amount of pain-killers will remedy those. If you are seriously suffering from back or sciatic pains, then you should stop any exercise for the time being, stop consuming pain-killers, and you should try to see your chiropractor and ask for an advice.

It is imperative that you start treatments as soon as possible. Back pain can be muscular with joint fixation. But can it be disc related condition. The latter can lead to tingling sensations, then numbness, weakness and pain.

In my experience as a chiropractor, I found many sciatic and back pains come from muscle spasm of hip and leg. Thus get it fixed before these suffering muscles cause you more severe problems.

Chiropractic treatment of the spine (where needed) and deep tissue treatment will help by remedying muscle and joint tension very effectively.