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Addressing Morning Back Stiffness

Back pain in the morning is the worst way to start your day

While there are myriad possibilities for what is causing your back pain in the morning, one of the most common explanations is muscular imbalance. And while we would not say this is the easiest problem to solve, it is less severe than conditions like:

  • Degenerative disc injuries 
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia

Back pain in the morning is a common symptom of all these conditions, which makes it all the more important that you consult with a doctor to determine if you have a deeper lying condition that is causing you trouble in the morning time. However, if you do fall in the more typical category of having morning back pain and stiffness caused by muscular imbalance, we can offer quite an effective path for treatment. 

How muscular imbalance causes you pain and stiffness in the morning time

The biggest problem with musculoskeletal imbalance is that you will rarely notice it until it has become a problem; it is difficult to control for something that you are unaware of. But trust us when we say that your muscles know what’s going on. Think of back spasms as the result of muscular imbalance- what you perceive as annoying, painful spasm is actually your body’s defensive response to a perceived imbalance. In other words, it foresees a problem and it spasms to prevent this problem. Sounds odd, right? But it has sense: the muscles are guarding against further injury by stiffening. When you are stiff, you have reduced range of motion which means you are more likely to pursue an excessive motion that will cause an injury. Of course, like most automatic responses, this system of protective spasming is hardly helpful in the long run. Unless we address it at its source, the incessant tightening will only pull our body further out of balance and further stress the joints, muscles and nerves in the back. 

Redressing musculoskeletal imbalance in Houston

If your body is stiff and spasming every morning, it is time to start taking this problem seriously. At Holmes Chiropractic, we perform a full musculoskeletal screening and static postural analysis to determine where your stiffness and pain is coming from. We can then begin a path toward resolving the imbalance that uses chiropractic modalities including adjustment and release work, as well as dynamic stretching and strengthening to begin to unwind the layers of tightness and imbalance that have your back all knotted up. If you are interested in this form of natural, logical pain relief, give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today.