Trigger points are painful points in muscles that are tight, injured, or over-worked. Often described as “a knot” in the muscle, these focal points of tenderness will usually cause a deep ache and can radiate pain out to other areas in a somewhat predictable pattern. Trigger points are theorised to be local areas of contracted fibres within a muscle. The chronic tightening is thought to lead to reduced blood flow which in turn contributes to a build up of waste products, such as lactic acid, and increased sensitivity of the muscle which in turn leads to more muscle tightening and reduced circulation, eventually the area runs low on energy making it hard for the muscle fibres to then release – a situation classed as motor endplate energy-crisis phenomenon. This cycle builds: a painful muscle contains trigger points and trigger points lead to further muscle pain.
Exercise has become something of an art form blended with science over the years! Good form, posture, breathing techniques – it’s all very precise but done well flows naturally. However, to keep fit, healthy and to protect your body from injury, you are going to need to make sure you follow safety guidelines to ensure you’re future-proofing your fitness. For example, did you know how easy it is to suffer a pulled muscle, joint pain or neck pain just from failing to warm up properly?
For some people, stretching and warming up can seem like a little bit of a waste of time. However, any sporty person will tell you that this really isn’t the case and in fact, as we get older it becomes even more essential to good outcomes and enjoyment. I believe Ryan Giggs puts his long career down to taking up Ballet as he got older to keep him mobile and well-tuned... Let’s take a look at why warming up before exercise is so important, and why it’s necessary to do it right.
There’s a figure of speech that names something difficult or irritating as “a pain in the neck.” That comparison isn’t much of a stretch, as neck pain is one of the most irritating and difficult types of pain to experience. The causes of neck pain can be varied, and fortunately, there are varied ways of alleviating neck pain.
This article will take a look at the various causes of neck pain, ways to prevent neck pain from occurring, and ways that existing neck pain can be treated.
When it comes to human anatomy, there are few more important body parts than our back. Sadly, it’s also one of the most neglected. As such, almost all of us will experience some kind of back pain during our lifetime.
Joint manipulation is a growing practice, used for over a century by chiropractors and becoming more popular with physiotherapists, medical doctors and more. There is an increasing amount of research showing that spinal manipulative therapy, or SMT, can have varied benefits on pain, disability, costs of low back pain and utilisation of prescription medications. In this blog, we will be examining joint manipulation or SMT in more detail as well as explaining how it could provide benefits to a person's health.
Pain that lasts for more than 3 months has the potential to reduce your thresholds to pain and even start knocking on to other parts of your body. The brain is the source of increased sensitisation rather than the site of initial injury. Some theories suggesting the brain works a bit like turning up a speaker, amplifying the signals from the injury site making it seem that the damage is more severe than it really is. This can change the way you perceive pain in your day to day activities. Sensations meant to help protect the injury get perceived as alarm signals causing the brain to lockdown normal, safe movements and so we miss out on the things we enjoy the most.
The reason that an individual experiences lower back pain is unique to each person. Lower back pain can be a painful and unpleasant experience that can be a real distraction to someone trying to go about their day. Here are some exercises that can help ease lower back pain, but remember you will need to find a sensible amount of reps for each exercise.
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis, as it is clinically known, is a condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow can result in pain on the outside of the upper forearm, just below where the elbow bends.
It can also cause pain when a person is lifting or bending their arm or gripping small objects such as a pen. Pain may also arise when twisting the forearm, for example, if turning a door handle. Tennis elbow can also make it difficult for one to extend their arm.
Ever Have That Horrible Sore Joints Feeling?
The human body is an incredible piece of biological machinery. When it comes down to it, it’s a swirling mass of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, phosphorus, calcium, and nitrogen (plus some minute other elements). It’s hard to fathom how it all comes together to create this incredible body that gets us through life.
As wondrous as it is, like any machine, sooner or later, something will go wrong. Illness can last a couple of hours, a few days or a week. But with 206 bones in the human body, it’s no surprise that millions of people around the world will suffer from some sort of joint pain.
Whilst it’s a common ‘catch-all’ term, the causes of joint pain will vary from person to person. You may just have pain in one joint or suffer from pain throughout your body, which can be caused by many conditions such as osteoarthritis. In this blog we will explain joint pain and how you can start living pain-free again:
This New Year Treat Yourself
New Year is on its way. This means, for a lot of people, it’s time to hit the gym and start making good on a few new habits and resolutions. But what if something is holding you back from achieving your exercise goals? You might be ready and raring to go to take to the free weights and the treadmill, but what if you have aching muscles that are holding you back? You start with every attention to stick to your resolution, but if your body isn't able to support you, you're going to struggle to achieve your exercise goals.
As much as we look forward to spending time with friends and family and everything that the festive season brings, it can be stressful. And when you have physical pain, it can be even more stressful, but that doesn’t mean you have to endure it.
We carry a lot on our shoulders these days, both figuratively and literally, so much so that shoulder pain can be a very real problem. The weight of our rucksacks, carrier bags, even winter coats can weigh heavy on our shoulders. We want you to enjoy Christmas, so let’s look at some ways to help ease the pain.
Sadly, there’s no overnight solution to cure shoulder pain, but there are some things that can really help you. If you do these regularly and correctly, then shoulder pain can be greatly reduced.
When we notice that our body starts to ache, or we notice a certain recurring pain when you move, we often think that it may be that we “slept funny” or have a trapped nerve. Over time may consider the possibility of seeing a chiropractor if the issue has not resolved. But at what point should you see a chiropractor? In this blog we will answer that question.
What Is A Chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a professional health care expert who typically focuses on helping people with any issues that are neuromuscular. A lot of the time, treatment focuses on fixing certain alignments of the body, therefore allowing it to function better.
Throughout this article, we will cover the many causes of shoulder pain, possibly helping you best identify which shoulder issue you have and preventing it in the future. Typical shoulder issues usually fit into the following main sections: arthritis, fracture, tendon inflammation/tear, and lack of stability.
Caring for a new-born baby is always hard work, especially for the mother who will still be recovering from childbirth. It’s incredibly physical work, having to bend down to pick things up, carry the baby and baby supplies, change nappies, and feed.
All of these can put strain in your back and cause significant discomfort. Although this is rarely bad enough to be debilitating, it can take a long time for it to ease. On that basis, it’s best to try and prevent back pain in the first place, and to know how to deal with it if it does arise.
Nick has been treating patients for over 11 years. He currently works Duston Chiropractic Clinic