How to Treat Tight Muscles. . .

Hello Everyone! 

First off, thank you to everyone who read our last blog post...WOW! It was awesome to see how many people and how far it reached..isn't the internet pretty cool? =)

Back to why you're here...how to treat your tight muscles.  This is an incredibly common problem and thankfully there are a ton of different treatments to try to help you find relief!

First up, take a look at your nutrition.  How's your calcium/magnesium intake?  What about B vitamins and the ever important vitamin D?  Potassium?  Better yet, do you take a multivitamin? More often than not, your muscles and body are depleted in nutrients that they need to help you feel good.  All these vitamins are really important in maintaining a good muscle tone and they all work together to do so.  Children and pregnant women need different daily doses so it is best to consult with a physician before adding individual supplements to your diet.  When looking for a supplement, make sure the ingredients are clearly on the label so you can avoid any unwanted ingredients, Standard Process is one of Dr. Schany's favorite brands.  It is also a good idea to try to eat whole foods high in certain vitamins rather than taking a supplement. 

Next up, hydration.  Chances are, you are not getting enough water in your diet, not tea or coffee, or pop, but plain jane H2O.  Take your weight in pounds, divide by 2, and the total should be how many ounces of water you drink...per day.  It may seem like a lot but your body needs all this to help you feel your very best. 

Next, we'll get a little deeper.  What have you tried for your tight muscles?  Chiropractic or Acupuncture? What about heat, ice, or massage?  Or do you stretch and exercise?  Chiropractic adjustments help align the spine and joints in the body, allowing muscle tension to relax.  We also try to use various therapies like ultrasound, muscle stimulation, and laser to help relax muscles as well as helping the body to heal faster with increased circulation to the sore area.  Using Acupuncture, you can balance the body and normalize energy in the muscles and organs.  Dr. Schany will also use some cupping, gua sha, or adhesion breaking to work on scar tissue and restore normal motion to tight muscles and joints.  Starting an exercise and stretching regimen is also a useful way to loosen tight muscles.  Although you may feel sore from starting a new exercise routine, after a few days, your muscles will thank you as they get the chance to release built up lactic acid that makes you feel tight. 

This is a lot of information to take in all at once, which is why Dr. Bird and Dr. Schany are here to help with any questions that pop up.  They have a variety of tools in their belt to help get down to the root of the cause as to why you feel so stiff and sore all the time! Give us a call and we can help you get started on the path to recovery! Have a great Wednesday everyone!

-ECC