Muscle Stiffness

Muscle Stiffness Treatments & Therapies

A strain to the muscle or its tendon is equal to a sprain to ligaments. A muscle strain occurs when the fibers cannot cope with demands as placed on them by exercise overload, leading to fiber tearing. It is noted as contraction-based injury, where the muscle fibers will tear because of extra mechanical stress. This occurs as a result of a powerful eccentric contractor or over-stretching the muscles.

Muscle stiffness is when the muscles feel tight, and it becomes difficult to move, especially after rest. It can be the result of multiple injuries or conditions. The episodes will vary in length, from 30 minutes to an entire day. The symptoms you will face with it are reduced mobility, increase in pain, reduce movement range and decrease confidence with the normal activities.

Getting proper physiotherapy will work out well to recover from stiff muscles. It is one way to avoid surgical procedures and get your old muscles back. Right from joint mobilizations to movement exercises, stretching to strengthening exercises, there are various types of Muscle Stiffness treatment options available with muscle stiffness. Just get along with a reputed physiotherapist and get quality help.

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Tests

Whenever you see a doctor for muscle stiffness, the expert will ask about your medical history and some other symptoms, which you might be experiencing. Sometimes, physiotherapists will ask about the symptoms that appeared first. It is to determine the present underlying cause. They will perform a physical exam to locate stiffness or pain. Sometimes, doctors might order a blood test or other lab tests, including an MRI scan, CT scan, or X-ray.

Physiotherapy Treatment for Muscle Stiffness

For joint and muscle stiffness, there are multiple physiotherapy techniques available. Some of those are listed below:

  • Mobilization with movement:

Also known as MWM, mobilization with movements are techniques used as part of the Mulligan Concept. These techniques are used for restricting limb movements, which otherwise get restricted due to some spinal issues. The spine is properly mobilized as the symptomatic movements and performed by individuals. SNAGs form a major part of MWM. These movements will reduce pain on the movements of limbs, increase function and range of movements.

  • Range of movement exercises:

Range of movement exercises is given for specific muscle stiffness, where there are decreased movements noticed. These exercises will be assisted by gravity, assisted by yourself, by another person, and by an external machine. Expert physiotherapists will not just assess and diagnose but will prescribe a range of movement exercises to those with a wide range of movement issues. Through this exercise, you will increase muscle movement, the function of the muscle and the entire limb, movement efficiency, and increase independence.

  • Stretching programs:

After the assessment from an experienced therapist, patients will be given a proper home exercise plan in conjunction with routine clinic treatment. Even if the injury does not have any specified limitation of movement range, it is advisable to perform some stretches before completing exercises. If the muscle got injured, it would heal easily in shortened pattern because of the constructive nature of healing tissues. If left untreated, it might restrict movement.

Following the physiotherapist’s instruction will be able to target areas of the restricted movements that will cause pain or limit the flexibility. It helps in regaining the full moment and reduces the risk of further injury or pain.

  • Strengthening exercises:

These exercises are designed to increase the level of strength of specified groups of muscles. Strengthening exercises might overload the muscle until the point of muscle fatigue. This overload and force of muscle will encourage growth and increase the level of strength. Weak muscles will increase injury risks to surrounding soft tissues and joints. The therapists will assess, diagnose, and finally offer a proper strengthening exercise program tailor-made for you.

  • Electrotherapy:

Here, electric current is applied to the affected area of the body for accelerating the healing process and reduce pain and swelling. Electrotherapy is used by experienced therapists to treat multiple conditions. The therapists will use various electrotherapy modules. Those are ultrasound, TENS, PSWD, LIPUS, Laser, Interferential, FES, EMS, and more.

  • Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is noted as one traditional Chinese medicine, dated back over 2000 years. The physiotherapists will use acupuncture to help to restore the balance of energy in the body, which will help in relieving pain from muscle, along with inflammation, and promote the healing process. This method will relieve pain from muscle stiffness, reduce muscle spasms, joint stiffness, and increase muscle length as well. This method will reduce swelling and promote endorphin release. Apart from that, acupuncture will help in relaxing your stiff muscles and stimulate an inflammatory response.

  • Massage:

Massage is the main treatment used by the therapist to stimulate soft tissues in the body, like muscles. The main goal is to relieve pain and improve blood circulation to relax. There are various techniques that physiotherapists use depending on your current symptoms. Some of those are stroking, deep tissue massage, kneading, and more.

How PhysioTattva Can Help You Treated for Muscle Stiffness

PhysioTattva offers the best treatment for stiff muscles from well-trained physiotherapists. Whether you want a massage or any electrotherapy, we are able to cover it all. The best part is that we take care of our patient’s requirements before offering vital treatment. We will diagnose the problem from its core before the final treatment plan, customized to match the patient’s needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can cause muscle stiffness?

SPS is one rare neurological disorder characterized by muscle stiffness and painful muscle spasms. However, sitting idle for a long time can cause stiffness as well.

How long will it take to treat foot pain?

It is not easy to pre-determine the time taken for foot pain relief. Therapists can present a clear idea only after properly diagnosing the problem.

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