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It has happened to all of us at one time or another. You get too ambitious with your workout or you lift something the wrong way. The burst of pain instantly tells you that you have strained a muscle. While most people rely on time and rest to heal their muscle strains, strains do not always heal smoothly on their own. To get back on your feet and prevent re-injuries, use these tips from our providers at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™.

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Muscle strains are common injuries, and doctors primarily instruct patients to simply rest and use home pain relief measures to let the strain heal. Unfortunately, people often assume this means that they do not need to see a doctor for a strained muscle.

The fact is that some muscle strains are severe enough to need treatment. Muscle strains can also feel similar to other injuries that require treatment. The only way to know for sure if you have a muscle strain or something else is to see a medical professional like one of our providers at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™.

In addition, a medical professional can give you more detailed instructions about how long to rest the muscle, how to best ease the pain, and other insights. If you handle the healing period incorrectly, you could re-injure the muscle or do further damage. We will be able to keep an eye on your healing and offer therapies like our Synergy Release Technique or a combination of several other non-invasive treatments like the hyperbaric chamber and frequency-specific microcurrent therapy to help you get back to your active self.

Avoid Heat in the Early Stages

If you ask several random people whether to use ice or heat for a muscle strain, half will likely say one and half will say the other. The truth is that both of these can be helpful, but at different points in the process.

When you first strain your muscle, start with ice. This will reduce the swelling in the muscle and any bleeding from torn blood vessels. After the swelling has gone down, you can apply heat to lower the remaining pain. If you apply heat too soon in the healing process, it could make the pain and swelling worse.

As you do this, remember to never apply ice or heat directly to your skin. Wrap the ice or the heat source in a towel to protect your skin from the extreme temperatures.

Take It Slow

When your strained muscle finally starts to feel better, you may be tempted to jump back into your workout routine to make up for lost time. Unfortunately, this is when many severe re-injuries occur.

No matter how impatient you may be, take it slow when you are ready to get back to the gym. Use lighter weights on the muscle than you did before the injury and slowly work your way up. If you ever feel strain-like pain in that muscle, ease off and scale back your workout. One good practice to take after a severe strain is to perform body weight exercises in a controlled range of motion. Do not push yourself past the point of tightness or pain.

In the best scenarios, a strained muscle is an annoyance that makes life more challenging and painful for a few days. In the worst scenarios, it can be a serious impairment to your career or your daily routine. No matter what your situation is, your health is not worth the gamble. If you strain a muscle, call Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ to schedule an appointment. For additional tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Many people start the day off with a fresh crack of the neck, back, or knuckles. It’s an action that may provide a sense of temporary relief or just a way to offset tension. Cracking joints has been the subject of much debate in the past, but in recent years there has been a lot of clinical study on the potential effects. Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ values the importance of safety in our patients and community. This topic has been very common among our patients, so we decided to answer the question: is cracking my joints bad for you?

Is Cracking My Joints Bad for You

What makes the cracking sound?

The cracking sound is a result of joints being pulled apart, which relieves pressure between them and creates a bubble of synovial fluid. The swift change in pressure in a joint resizes the bubble and creates an audible sound.

Accidental vs. intentional joint cracking

There needs to be a distinction between accidental and intentional joint cracking. Many individuals accidentally experience cracking sounds when they are either repeating a movement or quickly changing position. There is very common and typically little cause for concern. We recommend that you thoroughly stretch before repetitive activity to ease the joint pressure and surrounding muscles. However, if cracking occurs in the same spot or there are signs of swelling, tenderness and pain, then there could be a real medical issue that deserves attention.

Through extensive studies over decades, many research groups have arrived at the conclusion that intentionally cracking joints is relatively benign. Nevertheless, self-administered joint cracking may result in unintentional injury if not done correctly with chiropractic techniques. If joints are forcedly cracked, it’s possible pinch nerves and strain may occur in the surrounding muscles.

Does cracking joints give people arthritis?

There has been a long-standing belief that cracking joints increases a person’s chance for developing arthritis. Studies have yet to show a correlation between the two, despite this commonly held thought.

So, is it safe to crack my body?

There isn’t a simple answer to this question. As mentioned earlier, cracking joints is relatively harmless, but there is always a risk of injury. If you’re insistent upon cracking your body, take caution with the amount of force that you apply to your joints, nerves and muscles. Over time, you may create overstretching of the ligaments and cause laxity to the surrounding areas. If you feel the need to constantly crack or pop your joints, it may be in your best interest to get evaluated so you don’t create instability.

Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ can provide expert treatment solutions for areas where joints are sore or rigid. Our certified doctors and trainers work with patients of all ages to optimize the body’s performance and maintain peak health standards. If you have additional questions about cracking joints or our treatment options, contact us at 404.352.8900. To receive more tips and information about how to maximize your health and wellness, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+.

 

At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ our certified chiropractors and massage therapists understand that many different conditions can cause pain and discomfort or impair your daily activities.  While the causes of conditions like ankle sprains, ACL tears, or lower back pain are usually obvious, other injuries may be much more difficult to identify.  Some of the most common of these “hard-to-diagnose” issues are repetitive stress injuries.  Although patients often dismiss them as minor annoyances, these injuries are actually America’s most common and costly occupational health problem.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive stress injuries affect hundreds of thousands of workers and cost more than $20 billion a year in workers’ compensation claims and lost productivity.

What Are Repetitive Stress InjuriesMost forms of injury result from a single traumatic event, but repetitive stress injuries are different because they develop gradually over time.  When muscles, tendons, and ligaments are subjected to stress, they suffer damage on a microscopic level.  Normally, this damage heals and the cells grow back even stronger, which is why “feeling the burn” is a sign that your workout is working.  However, if the muscles are forced to repeat the same motions over the course of several days or weeks, the damage that they suffer never has a chance to fully heal.  If the rate of injury is greater than the rate of recovery, the damage slowly compounds over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and diminished strength.

Repetitive stress often leads to injuries to the extremities, such as the wrists and elbows or the ankles and knees.  However they can actually affect nearly any part of the body.  Depending on the areas that are being overused, some of the more common repetitive stress injuries can include:

  • •    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrists)
  • •    Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow (elbows)
  • •    Rotator Cuff Tendonitis (shoulders)
  • •    Hip Bursitis (hips/lower back)
  • •    Shin Splints (shins/lower legs)
  • •    Achilles Tendonitis (ankles or calves)

 

Treatment for repetitive stress injuries generally involves therapies that reduce inflammation, such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Kinesiology Taping, or Trigger Point Therapy.  However, the exact course of treatment will always depend on the specific area involved and the patient’s individual medical needs.  Our certified Synergy Massage Therapists and Rehabilitation Specialists can also recommend simple corrections in posture and grip that will give the tissues an opportunity to rest and heal naturally.

Overuse Syndrome is extremely common, but it doesn’t have to stand in the way of an active and pain-free life.  If you would like more information about repetitive stress injuries, or about any of the ways that our expert chiropractors and massage therapists can help you, please contact the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ today at (404) 352-8900.  Don’t forget to follow us on social media for the latest news and information about sports medicine and chiropractic care in Atlanta.