• Myopathy

Myopathy is a group of muscle diseases characterized by muscle weakness and waste due to muscular dysfunction. While some myopathic conditions may be caused by reduced or excess nerve supply, they do not stem from a neurological problem. Instead, the issue lies solely within the muscles themselves. The muscles affected by myopathy as a result of vertebral subluxation are those that are innervated by the nerves that are being compressed or irritated by the misaligned vertebrae. These muscles can become weak and atrophied over time, leading to a decrease in overall muscle strength and function. This makes myopathy one of the five major components associated with vertebral subluxation complex, which describes what happens when the spinal bones lose their normal motion and position.

Myopathies vary by type, and some may be congenital while others may be acquired later in life. Congenital myopathies can be caused by genetic defects, inflammatory disorders, endocrine problems, or chronic immune deficiencies. In contrast, acquired myopathies can be caused by drug side effects or chemical poisoning.

Symptoms of myopathy include stiffness, muscle spasms, cramps, and atrophy, and can affect different regions of the body such as the hips, legs, face, arms, forearms, trunk, hands, and spine.

Fortunately, chiropractic treatments can help alleviate the painful and incapacitating symptoms of myopathy. Once the pressure on the nerves is reduced or eliminated, the affected muscles can begin to function properly again. With regular chiropractic care, many patients with myopathy caused by vertebral subluxation have been able to regain their strength and improve their overall muscle function.

Manual therapy techniques, such as massage, can be used to increase circulation and blood flow, ease muscle tension, reduce pain, relax muscles, break up scar tissue, and redistribute fluid. Multiple spinal adjustments may also be required to address changes in muscle tone caused by scar tissue from muscle spasms.

Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment option for those suffering from myopathy caused by vertebral subluxation, as it can help to realign the spine and alleviate the pressure on the affected nerves and tissues. If you have a myopathic disorder, consider contacting your chiropractor to learn more about how they can help alleviate your symptoms.