Neuromuscular Disorders and Treatment
Repetitive motion and the accumulation of trauma in a body’s soft tissues can cause adhesions that compromise nerves and other tissues. In the neurological sense, these injuries generally appear as:
- Sciatica (a sharp pain shooting from the low back down the leg)
- Numbness/tingling in arms or legs
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- “Electric-like” pain in the arms or legs
There are two common classifications of injuries:
- Acute Injuries: sudden muscle and facial tearing resulting in inflammation in the muscle.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries: a result of accumulation of micro-traumas, repetitive strain injuries and the compensation of other muscles.
Each time an action is performed, such as keyboard typing or swinging a tennis racket, specific muscles have to fire to perform the action. Consider the stress accumulated in the muscles and nerves in the shoulder and arms after many hours of these repetitive movements. If these muscles and other structures do not get sufficient relaxation before the next action, a microscopic amount of inflammation tissue can build up.
This type of injury progresses slowly but consistently and after weeks, months or years of repetitive activity, dysfunction and pain can occur.