Missing Out On Life Due To Old Injuries? Find Out Why And What To Do
Do you ever wonder why you can’t do the things you used to do when you were younger?
Things such as walking, running, jumping? Are you telling your friends you can’t take them up on their offer to play in that softball or volleyball league with them because of that old hip or knee injury, the nagging shoulder pain, or the wrist soreness?
Have you told your buddies that the flag football or basketball games are now just a distant memory and that you don’t do that anymore, not because you don’t want to but because you hurt too much afterwards?
At Link we use a diagnostic system where manual muscle testing is used to help the practitioners determine root contributing factors in injuries. Most practitioners only address local issues or pain with a disregard for global effects on the muscular, skeletal, nervous and other systems of our bodies.
There are 650 muscles in the human body. These muscles hold the 200 bones in their proper position (posture) and they move the bones around (movement) when we walk, run, jump, etc. Every time we move, our brain calls on a muscle or a combination of muscles to help us move our body or parts of our bodies.
Some of our muscles are regulated automatically by our nervous system, like our heart muscle, which pumps blood throughout our bodies, or the diaphragm, which helps us breathe. The rest are moved voluntarily by us telling our brain how we want to move.
These muscles can become weak. We don’t mean “weak” from not using them at all or not exercising regularly, we mean there are these two types of muscle weaknesses:
1) Muscle weakness due to trauma to the muscle itself
2) Muscle weakness due to organ dysfunction
In this post, we address the first type of muscle weakness, weakness due to trauma to the muscle itself.
First, let’s look at how a muscle may become weakened through trauma, ie. jolts, jars, falls, accidents, etc.
Did you know, in an auto accident at 30 miles-per-hour you experience approximately 2,000 pounds of shear force to your head and neck? No wonder they call it “whiplash”!
Consider these other more common scenarios as well…
Two athletes are running towards one another at high speed and they collide. A rider falls off their horse. A cyclist falls off their bike. An athlete sprains an ankle. Another torque their knee. A weightlifter injures their shoulder lifting weights. A person walking on a slippery surface falls down, injuring their back, leg, shoulder, and wrist. A dental patient receives trauma to their jaw from dental work or from braces, which is more common than you think.
We live in a high-speed world, way faster than our ancestors. Accidents happen all the time and some accidents are worse than others. Most of the time our body handles the trauma well and we only have a few days of downtime until we are up and running again. However, sometimes our bodies don’t handle the trauma, and we suffer from it, either immediately or later, sometimes much later in our lives.
Exercising a muscle that has been damaged via trauma won’t turn it back on. Specific exercises may strengthen muscles around the damaged muscle, but the damaged muscle will continue to stay dysfunctional.
Using exercise muscle testing, our therapists can help pinpoint muscle dysfunctions and apply appropriate treatments to restore function and get you back to the activities you want to do pain-free!
If you’ve been dealing with nagging past injuries and looking to get back to your favourite physical activity or sport we recommend scheduling an appointment with our therapists.