While most of us have a dominant side of the body (ie: if you are right handed, that side of your body is probably a bit stronger than your left), some people have more pronounced muscle imbalances that can come as a result of poor posture or core weakness. Over time, you can experience pain, muscle strain, spinal subluxation, and knots in the affected area if the issue is not addressed. Read on to learn how you can detect a muscle imbalance and work to correct it.
Recognizing the Issue
If you have chronic pain and tension in a certain muscle group, you might be compensating for a posture problem. This can lead to abnormal muscle use, and subsequent strain. If this situation sounds familiar to you, consult your chiropractor or primary care physician.
A chiropractor can zone in on the root cause of the issue, be it spinal subluxation, muscle strain, or even issues with the intervertebral discs. Through regular adjustments, chiropractic care can bring relief of pain and resolution of the muscle imbalance altogether. If you struggle with chronic pain related to muscle imbalance, the difference you notice post-chiropractic care can be life changing.
Preventing the Problem
There are steps you can take to be proactive and prevent muscle imbalance in the first place. Perhaps one of the most important things you can do is focus on good posture. Whether you have a desk job or are on your feet all day, spinal alignment has a substantial impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Try to curb any slouching habits, and take time to stretch your back during the day. In addition to working on proper posture, you can introduce strength training into your workout/fitness regimen. Strengthening the supporting muscles of the spine helps relieve pressure. In addition, regular movement promotes proper blood flow and better range of motion.
For more information about muscle imbalance and the importance of posture, talk to your chiropractor. Consistency is key when it comes to spinal health.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*
Story Credit: How to Identify a Muscular Imbalance by Brenna Davis
Photo Credit: Posture & pain by Beth Scupham. Used under a Creative Commons license.
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