About muscle pain

Normal Muscle Anatomy

The picture above depicts the appearance of a healthy muscle. Appreciate the spaghetti looking-like individual muscle fibers. The space in between is filled by blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue, etc. 

Over time, due to macro or micro injuries, muscle fibers “clump” together and disrupt the blood and nerve flow. The feedback to the brain is interrupted and the brain misinterprets this a lack of proper muscle contraction. Thus it sends a signal for the muscle to contract. The vicious cascade’s initiated. An already overly-contracted and spasmed muscle is now being further stimulated. And one day, possibly a long time after the onset of the spasm, the pain sets in. From the straw that broke the camel’s back. 

Pain is usually found in spasm.The pain is usually present due to the lack of enough oxygen to the area. Oxygen is carried within the blood. Spasm in muscle prevents proper blood flow.

The lack of proper oxygenation precipitates a greater than average production of lactic acid, a byproduct of exercise. This makes us feel sore to a greater degree than expected from what exercise would cause in a healthy muscle. The lactic acid isn’t flushed-out properly due to the spasm. 

Over time this muscle becomes harder and entraps the surrounding nerves and blood vessels along with the many toxic compounds that build-up from over exertion. 

A hardened muscle’s signals are weaker. The brain interprets this signal as one coming from a muscle almost at rest-a muscle not responding to a certain stimulus. The resultant feedback is to send a greater amount of contracture to that muscle. This causes further hardening and spasm and the feedback loop becomes vicious. 

Spasm is ongoing and becomes severe unless something is done about it. Weibel Chiropractic offers just that. 


Patterns of pain:

Falls, car accidents and other sudden mechanisms of injury easily explain acute pain symptoms.

However, many of us can relate to an episode of pain somewhere in our bodies that seemed to have no mechanism of injury. We wake-up one day for example, and can’t get out of bed due to it. We try to remember what could have happened the day before and find difficulties tracing the cause of the pain. This is in many ways due to the fact that our bodies produce natural painkillers called endorphins in areas that are chronically overly contracted and in spasm. Our perception of pain is fooled with due to that.  Until, one day, the spasm reaches intolerable levels the unbearable pain settles in.