Waking up the morning after a hard workout can feel terrible. You may be aching all over – back, legs or arms. But how do you know whether your soreness is just you being a gym rat, or something more severe? Chiropractic BioPhysics could help identify and treat tension and compression pain.
When you injure yourself, especially if you compress your spine or an old injury starts to flare up in your back, meeting with a professional to assess your injury is crucial. When a patient comes to Seattle Chiropractor, Dr. Justin Favreau, he assesses their injury using highly specialized Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB), which is an approach applying physics to biology in chiropractic. Simply, diagnosis and treatment of a patient will be based on sound scientific and chiropractic principles. CPB is great for those also suffering from chronic soreness, and this treatment could also identify the source of any other aches or pains.
Your body is an intricate balancing system between tension and compression. We have different limitations when it comes to what our bodies are able to do and some people are more flexible than others. There are ways to stretch and lengthen your body through various exercises but sometimes your arm, leg or back will lock and not move any further. Pushing beyond your body’s limit can lead to injury. When you reach a compression point, the bones in your body cannot twist or turn. By forcing it, you may have to work through lingering soreness or a more serious injury.
Tension is similar to a bungee cord being stretched to its limit – you can stretch it and pull it, and over time it may even loosen up, but eventually it may snap and break. Pushing your tension limit under supervision of a coach or trainer is a way to loosen your muscles and give you more reach during exercises. But like your compression limit, the tension in your muscles has a limit.
Test Your Limit
Here is an easy way to test your compression limit:
Extend your right arm, palm up, and hold your elbow in place with your left hand. Turn and twist your right hand counterclockwise until you cannot twist anymore, all while making sure your elbow does not turn. Some of our bones barely allow us to turn our hands without rotating our elbows. For others, they may be able to twist their wrist almost all the way back around before they reach their compression limit. This is because all of our bones are designed differently and uniquely.
Getting regular massages is extremely beneficial, especially when the tension in your muscles has been stretched to their current limit. Dr. Favreau is a certified expert in CPB and his massage therapy services are uniquely designed to cater to all types of bodies. Dr. Favreau can assess your body’s strengths and weaknesses and provide techniques to improve circulation, decrease pain, release muscle spasms, reduce stress, promote flexibility and improve sleep.
If you live in the Seattle area and want more information on CPB, please call us at 206-497-4962 for a free consultation.