How Can Chiropractic Help You Deal with Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Humans are creatures of habit. We tend to do the same types of things each day and, by extension, move in the same ways day in and day out. Repetitive motion is extremely common in our jobs, hobbies, and free time, but these types of motions can also lead to unfortunate injuries.
Repetitive stress injuries, also called repetitive strain injuries, cause pain in the muscles, nerves, and tendons because of overuse and repetitive motions in a particular body part. They are most common in upper-body parts like the shoulders, wrists, and elbows. This type of injury is likely to occur in athletes and tradesmen, but can happen to just about anyone who does repeated motions for long periods of time each day.
The cramping, numbness, and inflammation experienced as a result of repetitive stress injuries can be painful to manage, particularly if the motion is common in daily life. At Posture Works, we have assisted many patients in the San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO areas in overcoming pain from their repetitive stress injuries with chiropractic care and exercises.
Avoiding painkillers as a solution
Stress injuries are often first noticed due to the swelling, weakness, lack of mobility, and discomfort they cause in patients. If you experience this type of injury but don’t have it treated, the tissue in the injured area can be damaged and lead to even more severe pain. Most people will instinctively reach for a bottle of pain medication to minimize swelling and discomfort, but pain medication is not an effective long-term plan.
Instead of taking medication, it’s best to visit a chiropractor as soon as possible to have the injury examined and a care plan created. Chiropractic may be able to offer many solutions to repetitive stress injuries through manipulations, stretches, and exercises. Additionally, it is a safe and non-addictive course of treatment that can be sustained long-term.
Addressing the needs of your joints
Your chiropractor may use a combination of techniques depending on the status and severity of your injury. Manipulations and alignments may result in better joint and nerve function, which both actively contribute to the mobility in the area of your injury. Soft tissue massages may help loosen tight muscles and reduce inflammation, which is often a major source of the pain.
If you do not plan to stop doing the motion that is causing your pain, you may need to adjust to take more breaks from the activity, add additional exercises and stretches into your daily routine, and go for regular chiropractic care. Your chiropractor can provide you with exercises and stretches to do at home to help you regain full range of motion in the joints and strengthen the surrounding muscles to prevent future injuries.
The chiropractors at Posture Works utilize an approach called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), which emphasizes total-body wellness in our San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients. With our help, you may experience partial or complete relief from your repetitive stress injury pain and be able to return to doing what you love. Contact us today to get a free consultation!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.