How To Treat Musculoskeletal Pain
Musculoskeletal pain can have a serious impact on your quality of life. If you suffer from this type of pain, then here are some things you can do to treat it and ease the pain for good.
What Causes Musculoskeletal Pain?
Musculoskeletal pain is any pain affecting the musculoskeletal system. This can include bone pain, muscle pain, tendon and ligament pain, fibromyalgia and joint pain. Anyone can experience it, and most people will at some point in their lives. It is most commonly caused by:
- Injury – for example, a sprain or break
- Overuse – this is often the case for lower back pain
- Poor posture
However, there are many different causes and many different types of musculoskeletal pain. The musculoskeletal system is large and complex, and there can be many reasons for pain within the system. Some of these might be obvious – such as an injury – but some might be more difficult to identify.
Diagnosing Musculoskeletal Pain
As with any unusual pain that you are concerned about, a visit to your doctor is recommended first. They will be able to diagnose the issue and find any potential causes. An x-ray, CT scan or MRI may also be required. They will then be able to put a treatment plan together for you.
Using Musculoskeletal Therapy
Musculoskeletal therapy is a hands-on treatment which helps with all types of musculoskeletal pain. It can be enjoyed alongside any medication from your doctor, and is a safe, manual therapy. It uses a range of methods to improve function and reduce pain in the whole musculoskeletal system.
The therapy utilises a wide range of techniques as part of a broad treatment plan to provide relief from pain and encourage the body’s own healing process. These techniques might include:
- Mobilisation exercises to massage your muscles and joints
- Manipulation of limbs and joints, increasing blood flow to injured areas
- Massage, to improve blood flow to muscles and tissues.
- Low level laser therapy, which stimulates the immune system and reduces pain
- A specially developed exercise programme for you to practice at home
- Functional rehabilitation
- Return to fitness planning
This approach encourages a whole-body healing response, with the aim of rebuilding fitness and strength, improving flexibility and banishing symptoms including musculoskeletal pain.
Your therapist will design an individualised treatment plan to help with your particular problem.
Booking A Musculoskeletal Therapy Appointment
At Northwich Foot Clinic, we don’t just look after feet! Our experienced musculoskeletal therapist is adept at helping with all musculoskeletal problems. You don’t need a referral from a doctor in order to visit, and we will be happy to help you no matter how mild or severe your symptoms are.
We are based in Northwich, in the heart of Cheshire, and we are easily accessible from across the North West. You can book your initial appointment online through our booking system.