Why You Should Consider Acupuncture for Muscle Tightness

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018


Muscle tightness can stem from a variety of sources, from athletics to office work. This tightness can lead to pain, lack of mobility, and increased risk of injury. In short, if you’re suffering from muscle tightness, you want it gone, and gone quickly. Acupuncture is a proven treatment for combatting muscle tightness.

What causes muscle tightness?

If you’ve spent the day running or lifting weights, it’s common to wake up the next morning feeling stiff or sore. If you try some stretches you tried during or immediately following your workout, you’ll find that you can’t go nearly as far. While this link between physical exertion and muscle tightness makes sense, the connection between office work and muscle tightness often comes as a surprise. But in truth, slouching at a desk, typing on a keyboard, and the other repetitive strains that accompany office work can have a similar effect. Here, the tightness is likely to manifest in your neck, shoulders, and upper back.

The lack of mobility we mentioned before puts you at risk of injury. When you go to move and find that your body can’t match your intentions, there’s a higher likelihood of pulling something or in some other way injuring yourself. Additionally, that tightness can lead to pain, tension, and inflammation; for example, many folks find that the tension in their neck and shoulders translates into a persistent headache.

How does acupuncture combat muscle tightness?

By inserting miniscule, sterile needles into specific locations on the body, the acupuncturist creates minor injuries. This is despite the fact that acupuncture is a fairly painless process. Patients, much to their surprise, often remark that they feel pressure, but not pain. The small injuries kick your body into gear. Endorphins begin to flow, along with oxygen to the muscle tissues. Patients find their pain alleviated, inflammation reduced, tension eased, and mobility returned. Often times, acupuncture is prescribed on a recurring basis for a limited period of time, with the benefits becoming more pronounced with each visit.

What are some of the other benefits of acupuncture?

In addition to the immediate effects described above, acupuncture speeds up your body’s natural ability to heal itself. This is particularly useful for those engaged in athletics and weight lifting. In both cases, it’s the healing process that brings increased strength and stamina. Athletes who go in for acupuncture can get more out of their training and see results sooner.

Just as acupuncture can help with the tightness and soreness of yesterday’s workout, it can also alleviate chronic pain caused by years of muscle tightness. Many patients, fed up with years of pain medications and their diminishing effect, turn to acupuncture in an attempt to try something new. Over the years, acupuncture has helped many leave painkillers behind and find a new level of relaxation, both in their muscles and their state of mind.

Schedule an Appointment

Bret D. Kueber, M.D. administers acupuncture to patients here at DeKalb Health in his Garrett, IN offices. Blending traditional medicine with acupuncture, his hybrid approach to pain relief has been a boon to patients throughout Indiana. Call us today at 260.357.6557 to schedule an appointment.