How we treat musculoskeletal pain

“Muscles and bones are connected – sometimes pain can ‘refer’ elsewhere causing pain that may seem unrelated”

Musculoskeletal pain refers to painful conditions that affect the muscles, joints and bones. Often the pain is related to an injury or old age but other causes can also impact your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves.

Causes of musculoskeletal pain can vary. Muscle tissues can commonly become damaged due to the wear and tear of daily activities. However trauma to an area (jerking movements, auto accidents, falls, fractures, sprains, dislocations, and direct blows to the muscle) can also cause musculoskeletal pain. Other causes of pain include postural strain, repetitive movements, overuse, nutritional deficiencies and prolonged immobilisation.

Changes in posture – computer or mobile phone postures – or poor body mechanics (genetic weakness – or underused muscles) may bring about spinal alignment problems and muscle shortening, therefore causing other muscles to be misused and become painful.

What we can do

  • Full assessment of function and mobility
  • A holistic assessment of contributors to musculoskeletal pain including physical, structural, functional, medical, biochemical, pain beliefs, stress and inflammatory drivers
  • A comprehensive plan that addresses all key aspects driving musculoskeletal pain not limited to physical therapy, diet and nutritional therapy, medical management, pain education, psychological support as needed on an individual basis.

What Are the Symptoms of Musculoskeletal Pain?

People with musculoskeletal pain sometimes complain that their entire bodies ache. Their muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked. Sometimes, the muscles twitch or burn. Symptoms vary from person to person, but the common symptoms are:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances

In Summary

  • Possible causes
    Posture, poor body mechanics (genetic weakness – or underused muscles), an injury or old age, postural strain, repetitive movements, overuse, nutritional deficiencies and prolonged immobilisation
  • Symptoms
    Pain, Fatigue, Sleep disturbances
  • Modalities to treat
    Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Naturopathy, Remedial Massage, Acupuncture, Nutrition