Boosting Your Muscle Strength with Chiropractic Care
The ability to complete meaningful movement like walking, standing, and changing positions can easily be taken for granted until pain or injury occurs. When muscle strength, endurance, and coordination are affected, it can leave you feeling fatigued and unable to participate in your normal daily life. Getting professional help from a movement and alignment specialist, like a chiropractor, can help you address your specific impairments and get back to normal life as soon as possible.
Factors That Affect Our Strength
There are a lot of factors related to strength that paint a full picture of your muscle health. Possible assessment tools include measuring endurance, coordination, maximum one repetition force, and more. If you feel weak or chronically tired, unfortunately getting stronger isn’t always as straightforward as it may seem. There are many factors, particularly related to the nervous system, that can affect it. These factors include:
- Inhibited muscle activation due to pain (also known as muscle guarding)
- Use of the muscle consistently- if you don’t use them they will weaken
- Neural feedback loops for modulating meaningful movement
- A healthy and strong connection between the nervous system and muscles
- Spinal cord excitability
- Muscle sensitivity (and responsivity) to neural inputs
- The size and number of the cells within each muscle
- And more…
How Muscle Strength and Spine Alignment Correlate
From the list above, it should be very clear that the nervous system plays a very integral role in muscle function. Without proper nerve input and communication, strength, endurance, and coordination are inhibited. Yet, often we focus only on direct muscle health instead of nerve health when it comes to strength. Thus, addressing nerve health first or in conjunction with strengthening can help boost your ability to get back to your life with less fatigue.
The single most important factor that affects nerve health is spine alignment. When the spine is misaligned, nerve energy is diminished. When nerve energy is limited, muscle health is also compromised. These spine misalignments are often so subtle to the naked eye that they are only detected with the help of a professional eye like a chiropractor.
Maximize Your Potential with Chiropractic Care
With the guidance of a chiropractor, you can unlock your nerve and muscle potential so that you can yield better results and push yourself harder with less risk of injury or burnout. Finding a chiropractor certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), an expert-based, research oriented approach to correcting spine misalignment, is your best bet for getting high quality holistic care.
Dr. Justin Scott at StrongLife Chiropractic in Lithia, FL is CBP certified and ready to help you reach your strength and fitness goals. Get in touch with him today to see how spine alignment can help unlock your health potential.
Dr Justin Scott, DC
Chiropractor and Clinical Director