WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS ARE THERE FOR A MUSCLE CONTRACTURE?
Let’s see the different ways of treating muscle contractures: medication, physical activity, conservative physiotherapy or invasive physiotherapy.
Part of the population treats their own muscle contractures with anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and rest. Fortunately, every day we have more information and we can opt for different alternatives.
Taking certain analgesic medication that manages to alleviate or eliminate pain can help with ending muscle contracture. Not having pain will allow us to move normally without limitations. However, if the pain is not very incapacitating and the discomfort is tolerable, taking medication should be avoided and even more so, self-medication.
Rest, that seems to cure everything, is not at all advisable when we suffer from muscle contracture. Daily activity should be continued reducing the load or adapting it so that it be as normal as possible because muscles welcome movement, provided that we are careful not to increase the symptoms.
One of the most effective treatments is physical therapy or physiotherapy. Turning to a professional can accelerate recovery from that contracture as well as avoiding that is ends up activating other ones or generating a more wide-spread pain and with a more difficult solution, which is one of the more frequent ways muscle contracture develops.
Amongst the physiotherapy treatments we can differentiate between conservative treatments (massage, stretching, compression of the contractured area, etc.) and invasive treatment, consisting of “dry needling” muscle contractures (without infiltrating substances). This needling manages to mechanically break down the contractured area and causes the tissue to repair itself with new fibres in a period of between 7-10 days. In this way, if the patient does not have other factors that reactivate the contracture, he should notice an important relief or solution to the problem. This treatment has its pros and cons, since it is painful when applied and usually generates certain post-needling pain, but it obtains good results and it is one more possible treatment to consider.
No matter how well we have been treated by our physiotherapist, it becomes necessary to prevent the contractures from reappearing to control other activating or perpetuating factors of the contracture that may exist (stress, biomechanical factors, etc.) and the carrying-out of exercises at home.