December 24, 2013

Muscle weakness. A lack of muscle strength. You can notice these and how they affect your daily activities. Your Georgetown chiropractor at Dr. Butwell can test for and quantify any weakness you have and set a recovery treatment plan for you.

Dr. Butwell knows that Georgetown back pain and neck pain patients may shy away from activity when they hurt. They may even fear doing any activity, but Dr. Butwell encourages motion and reasonable activity. Immobilization or lack of motion leads to a loss of muscle strength in just a short period of disuse.

Simple at-home Georgetown exercise can help regain muscle loss be it in the spine or anywhere else. Ask Dr. Butwell.Researchers compared the effect of immobilization, forced disuse of muscles, on subjects’ muscles before and after immobilization of 5 or 14 days. They documented decline in muscle mass, strength, and area. The researchers concluded that even short periods of muscle disuse may case substantial loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength. (1) Your Georgetown chiropractor can note such weakness during a thorough chiropractic examination and help you regain your strength with some simple exercises to start. Don’t start without a chiropractic consultation first! Know that when you are ready, Dr. Butwell can guide you to more rigorous exercise as desired.

Dr. Butwell recommends that our Georgetown back pain and neck pain patients with and without accompanying arm pain and leg pain exercise. Just exercise to your ability. Don’t overdo. Exercise makes you feel better in so many ways! Your muscles will thank you.

The key to managing muscle weakness is to first recognize it and then do something about it. Sharing your sense of muscle weakness with your Georgetown chiropractor is the important first step to managing your muscle loss. So contact Dr. Butwell today.