There are various causes of muscle tension, but the result is almost always discomfort and pain. Your ability to move freely is impacted by stiff muscles. If muscle tension is left unaddressed, it can significantly decrease your quality of life. At Proficient Chiropractic in Saint Louis, our chiropractor can help you find relief from stiff muscles through massage therapy and myofascial release. Here's a look at the cause of muscle stiffness and how non-invasive techniques can provide you relief.
Causes of Stiff Muscles
If you spend a lot of time in a chair, in the gym, have a job that requires repetitive motion, or simply overuse your body, you may develop muscle stiffness. Overuse, underuse, sprains, and strains are all causes of muscle pain. Uneven loading and unloading of muscles may cause one side of your body to become stronger than the other. This leads to long-term muscle tension that will not easily resolve on its own.
Bands of tissue known as fascia also contribute to muscle tension. Fascia hold the body together and are prone to tightening when they are either over-or under-used. If you've ever felt a knot in your muscle, you've experienced myofascial tightening. When fascia tighten, it can lead to pain and impair your range of motion.
Chiropractic Treatment and Massage Therapy for Muscle Tension
Massage therapy can directly release myofascial tissues through direct contact. Our chiropractor will locate the points of tension in your body and release this tension through direct pressure. Releasing muscle tension improves circulation, relieving your pain, and enhancing your body’s natural healing process.
Chiropractic treatment in addition to massage therapy further reduces your pain and improves your range of motion. Our chiropractor uses gentle manipulation to bring your spine and joints back into their natural position. Chiropractic adjustments will balance your body, allowing you to move more freely and minimizing the likelihood of muscle tension returning in the future.
Chiropractor in Saint Louis
At Proficient Chiropractic, we have years of experience relieving stiff muscles through myofascial release. When you first visit our office, our chiropractor will assess your musculoskeletal system before creating a chiropractic care plan tailored to your needs. For more information on stiff muscles, massage therapy, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (314) 447-0725.