Chiropractic Care Can Help with Tight Back Muscles
Headaches, muscle aches, and even issues with your mood may be linked to different forms of tension or trauma. Many patients who visit our Fort Worth practice undergo treatments for their stress and discomfort, and find relief thanks to chiropractic services and other procedures.
Our team members have helped many people over the years who've dealt with back pain, particularly stiff muscles in the neck, upper back/shoulders, and lower back. We'd like to explore how chiropractic care can help treat these issues with the back muscles.
Dealing with Different Types of Back Pain
If you've dealt with back pain at different times of your life, you know that it comes in many different forms. Sometimes the problem is the result of stiff or tight muscles, which affect your posture and your mobility. Other times the issue involves the alignment of your spine, which then causes problems with muscle stiffness and pain.
Whatever the case may be, it's important for us to figure out the cause and the nature of your pain. This will all feed into the treatment plan we develop, which will ultimately combine elements of pain relief, relaxation, and at-home care. One solution alone won't be enough, but a combination of options all focused on your well-being tends to be most ideal.
What to Expect During Chiropractic Adjustment
During a chiropractic adjustment, a chiropractor will carefully manipulate the patient's spine and any affected joints that are stiff or cause discomfort. By making these careful adjustments, patients will experience pain relief as well as restored flexibility/mobility. Chiropractic adjustments also bring about a sense of release or relaxation, which can aid in treating tight back muscles.
Chiropractic Care vs. Massage Therapy
While chiropractic care is important for treating tight muscles, it is not intended to replace massage therapy. A professional massage targets the muscles and soft tissue. Massage therapy can help unknot tight muscles and undo tension, targeting specific parts of the back to promote a softening of those specific muscles.
Chiropractic adjustments are better thought of as a supplement or a complement to massage therapy. Working in concert, these two approaches to pain relief can help patients experience less back pain and fewer issues with tense muscles in the back.
Stretches and Exercises for the Back
Now we need to consider an element of self-care in these matters, which is where stretching and exercise come into play. During your visit to the practice, we can discuss some exercises that can help you manage back pain and back stiffness. By performing these exercises or stretches at home regularly, you can add to the sense of relief experienced through chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy.
Most importantly, learning what you can do at home to improve your health enhances your sense of agency. When you feel like you are in greater control of your own body, this can help ease tension and contribute to a better sense of wholeness. These are all key parts of living well and maintaining your health for years to come.
Learn More About Treating Pain and Discomfort
To learn more about chiropractic care and how it can help you achieve better health and wellness, be sure to contact the pain relief experts at Texas Injury Clinic today. We can develop a custom treatment plan just for you that keeps your overall sense of well-being in mind.