Chiropractors deal with two common myths surrounding pulled muscles every day. The first is that all pulled muscle conditions will quickly go away by themselves. The second is that treating pulled muscles is the exclusive domain of the physiotherapist. Let’s take a moment to correct both.
While it’s true that some pulled muscles will heal on their own within 2-3 days days or so, that’s not always the case. When a pulled muscle is in the spine, it may take much longer to heal and, in some cases, not even present noticeable pain during the later stages of healing. Re-injury may therefore be very possible as a result.
For purposes of clarity, a pulled muscle is one that involuntarily contracts as a result of injury or overuse. Muscle injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain and muscle spasm.
The contraction of the spinal muscle pulls on the nearby joints, forcing the joint surfaces together to cause discomfort. A pulled muscle in the spine can therefore cause restriction of joint mobility and at times nerve irritation to the point of being debilitating.
Chiropractors are some of the most qualified to treat muscle and joint problems in the back and neck.
This brings us to our second myth regarding physiotherapy being the only treatment. A chiropractor is a highly trained specialist who understands the human musculoskeletal system (muscle, bone, joint) very, very well.
Chiropractors are able to diagnose musculoskeletal problems and have broad diagnostic skills. They are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as providing nutritional, dietary and lifestyle advice.
A chiropractor is capable of treating pulled muscles and joint problems through a number of techniques, including manipulation, stretching, trigger points and massage that will promote healing, restore joint mobility and relax the tight and sore muscles.
Chiropractors can treat muscle pulls in the neck, shoulders, arms, and legs as well as well as the spine.