Muscle and joint pain are common among American adults, with approximately 100 million people suffering from chronic pain of some kind in the U.S. Musculoskeletal pain can occur as the result of injuries, birth deformities, and underlying illnesses like arthritis. Pain occurs when some component of the musculoskeletal system, such as the joints or muscles, becomes inflamed or damaged. But before doctors can treat symptoms, they must first identify the source of pain. Patients undergo a musculoskeletal pain assessment exam to determine which course of treatment best fits their needs.
Stretching helps to alleviate pain, promote mobility, aids in office treatment, and improves results. Once stretches are understood, and proper form is reviewed, many of these stretches can and should be performed at home at varying frequencies prescribed by the doctor.
NERVE FLOSSING TECHNIQUES
If the problem is mainly nerve oriented, nerve flossing techniques are utilized to mobilized and free the appropriate nerve. After a tension test is performed the doctor will recommend appropriate nerve flossing techniques (median, ulnar, sciatic, etc.) depending on the particular entrapment.
MCKENZIE END RANGE LOADING TECHNIQUES
This is mainly used for discogenic pain. This technique is meant to slowly move the disc material away from pain generators/nerve.
This has been shown to be one of the greatest tools in preventing pain from reoccurring. In fact, a direct correlation has been established between low stability and reoccurring pain. Neck or low back issues call for specific spinal stabilization exercises. Extremity issues call for strengthening all the muscles associated with movement of the joint.
At Back to Life Chiropractic we strive to give the most applicable stretches and strengthening for our patients so they can easily replicate them at home to aid in recovery and overall wellness. We are not a cookie-cutter rehabilitation facility and make individual recommendations for all of our patients.