JOINT PAIN VS. MUSCLE PAIN

Before I get started, I want to thank all of my readers for the e-mails and phone calls letting me know how much you appreciate my articles. I really enjoy writing these and I am happy to hear how many lives I have helped in these past three years.

I also want to inform everyone on some exciting news coming to Nill Family Chiropractic. As of May 1st we will be joining forces with the once Waynedale native Muscle Therapy Clinic. Over three years ago, the Muscle Therapy Clinic moved to Georgetown leaving many loyal clients behind. Since then, Kathleen Brown, the owner and founder, has been dreaming about opening a satellite clinic back on the Southwest side of town. Now her dream has come true. We will be in the same complex that I am in now, but will be moving to the front. The new address will be 4606 W. Jefferson Blvd. The tentative opening date is May 1st. So come and check out a new realm of wellness.

Now, I can’t count how many times I hear people say that they don’t seek chiropractic care because they think they have a muscle problem and not a joint problem. And the more I hear this, the more I realize that I need to educate the public on this issue. The thing is that you can’t have a joint problem without muscle pain, and the majority of the time you have muscle pain, there is a joint problem along with it. To clear this up, I must first give you my interpretation of what a “subluxation” or (what makes sense to me and what I call it) a “Joint Restriction” is. As I give you an explanation, keep in mind that muscles move joints/bones and joints/bones don’t move muscles. Thus, a joint restriction is nothing more than a muscle spasm preventing a joint segment from moving freely. If you don’t work on the muscles and joints combined, then the restriction is bound to return.

In my practice, I concentrate on treating and relaxing muscles as much as possible first and then I do my manipulation. As for the manipulation, it is no more than a neurological trick. A high speed/low velocity thrust to a joint segment resets/interrupts the constant nerve impulse that is causing the muscle spasm. Muscle spasms cause inflammation and inflammation causes pain. So, by fixing the underlying cause of the problem, i.e. the muscle spasm, then it helps free up the joint segment allowing for a decrease in pain. By working on the muscles with heat, massage, and stretching, then it makes the results of the adjustment twice as effective. In the long run, the patient’s time to recovery can be split in half. Now some of my colleagues will argue this fact but everyone is entitled to their opinion. This explanation makes sense to me and that is why I feel my treatments are as effective as they are.

Overall, this is the whole reasoning behind going into partnership with a massage therapy clinic. Our goal is to not only help patients/clients feel better but to also prevent future problems as well. So if you ever have a question of pain being of joint or muscle origin, consider it to be a combination of the two. In fact, I think we should call it Joyous pain. Silly but it makes sense to me. For all of us here at Nill Family Chiropractic and The Muscle Therapy Clinic, I wish you all to take care and as always,

 

Have a Healthy Day!

 

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at 260-459-2205 or via e-mail at drnill@nillfamilychiropractic.com. Keep reading for future articles about the definite date in the change of our location along with news of the open house date. There will be plenty of freebies, promotions, discounts, massages, and many more exciting things at our open house so when the time comes, make it your number one priority to come and see the newest, most economical advancements in the wellness industry today.

The Waynedale News Staff

James P. Nill, D.C.

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