Muscular Pain
October 24, 2018

Muscular Pain is generally a sign that something is wrong – The muscles and other soft tissues are overworking or injured – a sign of possible joint problems where the body is struggling to continue moving and working as it should be.

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) defines Chiropractic as the health profession that is concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.

There are many spinal problems Chiropractors may help with.  It’s worth getting checked and finding out if your spines “in line” or possibly causing the cause of your pain.  Some common symptoms chiropractors are well known for helping with include the following.

Treatment of Neck Pain

Neck pain may result from abnormalities in the soft tissues – muscles, ligaments, nerves, as well as in the bone and joints of the spine.  The most common causes that we at Cannington Chiro identify and treat are soft tissue abnormalities from injury or prolonged wear and tear.  In many people, this soft tissue abnormality is also the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders and arms.

Some individuals also experience neck pain that refers and spreads to the upper arm and forearm.  This may feel like a shooting or burning pain down the arm, hands and fingers which may indicate a ‘pinched nerve’.  Many suffers will also experience weakness in the arm and numbness and tingling in fingers on top of the pain.

Another cause of neck pain is from whiplash incidents.  Whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents and motor vehicle injuries; however, whiplash can also be sourced from sports injuries to rock concerts.  Whiplash is the sudden propulsion of the neck forward and back (or side to side) to cause injury to the ligaments and muscles that support the neck.  All whiplash incidents and neck injuries warrant a thorough examination.

Sometimes neck pain can originate from daily living activities.  This can include poor posture at the desk, looking at a smart device, poor technique at your given sport or studying for an exam.  Dr Tony Ivory, your local chiropractor in Cannington may investigate your daily lifestyle to establish if one of these activities may be causing you pain.

Causes of Headaches and Migraines

Headaches are defined as any pain in the region of the head – from your common headache to your sharp stabbing headache.  Some headaches are actually migraines which are distinctive for their recurrent and throbbing nature.  Migraines are usually one sided and can cause sufferers nausea and disturbed vision.

A few factors that can trigger migraines and headaches include:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Foods
  • Food additives
  • Coffee and tea
  • Stress (tension)
  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Physical factors (such as physical exertion)
  • Changes in the environment
  • Medications

Headaches and migraines may also be caused by a misalignment or dysfunction of a vertebra in the top of the neck.  This may cause inflammation and tension of the joints and muscles at the base of the neck, which then transfers pain up into the skull.

Chiropractors may help by performing specific adjustments to the neck and upper back and reducing soft tissue tension.  This may allow the function of the muscles and vertebrae in the neck to ease and remove the tension that causes headaches and migraine symptoms.

Fortunately, you have a local chiropractor with the experience you need to help.

Back Pain and Lower Back Pain

Back pain is a common occurrence in the Australian population.  80% of Australians experience back pain and 10% have significant disability as a result.  People of all ages are affected by back pain, and although it generally clears up in a few days or weeks, sometimes back pain can be ongoing.

Amongst sufferers seeking pain and relief alternatives, chiropractic is a top choice.  Back pain can come from numerous causes, such as poor posture, repetitive work strain, accidents, sports injuries and muscle stresses.  Also natural processes such as pregnancy can also give low back pain to expecting mothers.

At Cannington Chiro, your local chiropractor will use a hands-on approach to help back pain.  This may include a spinal adjustment, various soft tissue techniques and rehabilitation methods.  Our aim is to promote correct alignment and allow your musculoskeletal structure to be at it’s best, so you can recover without aids.  Chiropractors may help with musculoskeletal back pain by allowing the joints to move well that have previously been restricted by injury, trauma or even tension (such as long term sitting).

At Cannington Chiropractic, Dr Ivory has been helping with the treatment of back pain for over 25 years.

Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain usually limits its movement and are caused by injuries of the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.  The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body that it is supported and strengthened by the muscles, ligaments and tendons.  When any of these structures are not working, pain may occur.

Since the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm originate from the neck and upper spine, it is common to see neck pain also associated with shoulder pain.

Your Cannington Chiropractor, Dr Anthony Ivory has the experience you need and may assist with the following shoulder conditions.

  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Long term Shoulder Pain and Stiffness
  • Shoulder Muscle Spasm and Tension
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders such as tears and strains
  • Decrease in shoulder performance in sports

At Cannington Chiro, we will investigate the origin of the cause of the shoulder pain.  This will include a history, physical exam and possibly imaging (such as x-ray, MRI, if indicated).  Shoulder pain treatment may include spinal manipulation, joint manipulation and mobilisation, taping procedures and rehabilitation exercises to decrease risks of reoccurrence.