Muscle Pain: You have to know the cause to find YOUR solution

Muscle Pain

Tired of being all Advil...

...“The Every Pain Reliever”?

Each year, 107,000 people are hospitalized and more than 16,500 die in the US from the side effects of Advil and similar drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc).*

So what are you to do about your muscle pain?

Come with me on a journey to become more in tune with your body. It's a journey that I have been on personally and clinically for many years.

Learn what your body is asking for.

Explore your treatment options.

Discover what works for you.

Unfortunately, there is no "magic bullet" for pain. Sure, you can “unplug the warning light” with a pain killer. But that doesn't get to the root of the problem...

… so what is the root of the problem?

Step into my office... As a chiropractor, I believe in empowering you to take great care of your body, so it can take care of you. Let's go through these common causes of muscle pain in this order, from easiest and most common, to the more difficult contributors.

  • Dehydration — It is imperative that you are drinking enough water because dehydration will cause muscle pain and headaches, as well as contribute to many of the other causes of achiness. This is particularly true of more widespread pain. Learn about chronic dehydration and how to treat it.

  • Trigger Points — Simply put, knots in your muscles. You have heard of them and probably felt them, but there is probably a lot you don't know about them. A trigger point can have complex effects, and is the most common cause of specific muscle pain. In this section, I will teach you about what trigger points are, how to find them, and how to treat them.

  • Posture and Ergonomics — A very important part of dealing with more chronic pain is to fix how you are using your muscles. This section will help to highlight areas you might need to work on.
  • Stress — This is a huge part of muscle pain. If you have worked on your hydration, trigger points and posture, and are still having problems, you need to look at stress. I use Meridian Tapping Therapy to calm down the stress area of the brain and get my self and patients out of pain. Before you make a judgment, you have to read my story.
  • Headaches — Often, headaches are largely referred muscle pain; however, some headaches require special considerations, so they have their own section here. The main page will help you figure out what type of headache you have with a link to each specific type of headache with self-treatment options.

Are you thinking, “I can't possibly deal with all these issues!”? Work through each section methodically. If you run into trouble, you are welcome to email me. I have been there, and spent years trying to find natural solutions for my own muscle pain (part of the reason I went to physical therapy and chiropractic school). What I am sharing here is what works for me and my patients.

I want you to be able to deal with your pain anytime it surfaces. Without the dreaded drugs.

So let's begin!

*Singh Gurkipal, MD, “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Gastropathy”, The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998, P. 31S