Muscle Madness: 5 Facts About Muscles

5 Facts About Muscles Chiropractic Bellingham

Here are 5 fun facts about muscles!

THERE’S A LOT OF THEM

The human body contains an estimated 650 muscles. The number may be much greater if you consider muscles at the cellular level.

THERE ARE THREE TYPES

Muscles are classified as cardiac, skeletal, or smooth. The ones you move consciously are skeletal muscles.

YOU CAN’T CONTROL THEM ALL

Two types of muscles you don’t consciously move are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles. Smooth muscles are located in places like the walls of your blood vessels and intestines. Cardiac muscles help contract your heart.

YOUR TONGUE IS A MUSCLE

Your tongue is made up of 8 different muscles. Four are attached to bone and help change the position of your tongue. The four not attached to bone help control the shape of your tongue.

DOES SMILING REALLY USE MORE MUSCLES?

The often repeated phrase is that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. But the accuracy of this is not clear cut because so many variables are involved.

Certainly, though, smiling feels good.

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Top 6 Fun Bone Facts

Did you know the adult skeleton has 206 bones? Check out Advanced Sports Chiropractic and Massage’s top 6 fascinating bone facts!

 

BONES ARE LIVING TISSUE 

Bones have their own cells, which are responsible for bone maintenance, production, and modeling. They also have their own blood vessels.

 

EXTRA RIB: IT’S RARE, BUT IT HAPPENS

Most people have 12 ribs, but one percent of the population is born with an extra. Called a cervical rib, this extra bone can cause neck pain.

 

BABIES HAVE MORE BONES

Babies have about 300 bones, compared with the 206 in adults. The reason for this difference is that bones fuse together as we get older.

 

SMALLEST BONE: THE STAPES

Located in the middle ear, the stapes is one of three tiny bones collectively called the ossicles.

 

STRONGEST BONE: THE FEMUR

The femur is considered the strongest bone in the human body. It’s also the longest bone. Because it’s so strong, it takes a lot of force to cause injury.

 

THE HANDS AND FEET HAVE MOST BONES

More than half the bones in the human body (106 of them!) are located in the hands and feet.

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Should I See a Chiropractor Immediately After a Car Accident?

Why should I visit a chiropractor immediately after an accident? Or how soon should I visit a chiropractor after an auto accident?

Having any injuries from a motor vehicle accident (MVA) assessed immediately helps to create a baseline for insurance and health purposes.  Anywhere from the day of the accident to within two weeks is a reasonable timeframe to be assessed. Sometimes we see symptoms pop up a few weeks after the MVA – problems that the patient has never had before. Chiropractors assess the musculoskeletal and neurologic components thoroughly to establish the extent of the injury, which makes both the insurance claim process and your subsequent treatment easier.  Treatment soon after an MVA helps jump-start the process of healing the tissues that were damaged in the accident. The faster you start treatment, the faster the road to recovery.

Should I come in even if I don’t have any pain?

Yes, absolutely. Typically, your visit will be covered by Personal Injury Insurance (PIP), and it is always in your best interest to know if you have injuries that exist in pain (easier to identify), or damages that can be provoked but are less or non-painful.  Remember, many injuries/problems that people have started growing from a place that is non-painful, or dysfunctional, and develop into something worse. Be proactive, get an assessment and make sure you are on the right track to healing!

I visited my general practitioner, and he/she prescribed pain meds. Should I try that first or do some combination of treatment?

In the first 7-14 days after an injury, you will see acute inflammation, along with outward signs like bruising, in some cases, or inward signs like achiness, difficulty moving, headaches, global pain, and many others.  Pain meds and/or muscle relaxers can help make you more comfortable for that window of time.  However, I’ve found that once you are past the first 14 days or so, getting off the meds enables you to feel and understand your REAL pain levels, and how to act accordingly.  Chiropractic and massage help significantly in the reduction of pain during the first month after an MVA, and from that point onward.

What are some common and not so common symptoms of whiplash?

Sprain/strain injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia are by far the most common injuries from MVA’s, sometimes referred to generally as “whiplash.”  These manifest as achiness, pain, stiffness, tightness, loss of mobility, and/or loss of function of daily activities. They all can inhibit your ability to function even moderately on a regular basis, and should be addressed as soon as possible to help you regain your quality of life and function.

Less common injuries depend on the level of severity of the MVA.  Disc herniations, torn ligaments, broken bones, etc. are uncommon, but can and do happen.  

How long does chiropractic treatment take for auto accident pain and discomfort? Put simply, when will I get better?

The question “how long will it be until I feel all better?” is answered by “it depends,” how “bad” the MVA was, and how your body absorbed the energy from the MVA.  In general, I shoot for patients to be feeling better in one month, with full resolution of symptoms in 3-6 months. There have been a few times care has gone on longer, but we try hard to get patients to be proactive with their care.  That means that once the acute and sharp pain has been alleviated, we start recommending exercises, activities, and changes in everyday behavior to start getting you back to daily life. I feel that one of the biggest “missed” components of post-accident care is the active and directed exercises and modifications to daily life that make the long-term difference in the recovery process.

 

Self-Care Checklist | Daily Living Instructions

chiropractic self care

To help you get the best possible results from your care, we have composed this list of general “Do’s and Don’ts.” If you have specific questions about other ways to manage your injury or problem, please ask!

Your Treatment Schedule

Do keep your appointments and follow your recommended treatment schedule. The doctor has designed a program for you so that you may get the results you want in the most efficient manner. Therefore, it is essential to show up for your appointments and be consistent with the doctor’s care recommendations, home exercises or any other advice you may receive.

Sleeping

  • Do sleep on your side and back.
  • Do place pillows under knees and neck while sleeping on your back.
  • Do place pillows under your neck and between knees when sleeping on side.
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach. It places a strain on your neck and lower back.

Lifting

  • Do lift with a straight back and bend at the knees
  • Don’t twist, lean, and bend when lifting
  • Don’t lift more weight than the doctor has recommended

Sitting

  • Do take breaks when sitting, every 30-45 minutes
  • Don’t sit hunched over or slouched for long periods of time
  • Change positions every 10-20 minutes, slouch, lean back, sit up, tuck feet under the chair, etc.

Exercising

  • Do start walking daily as soon as you can tolerate it
  • Don’t begin any exercise or weight program without talking to the doctor first
  • Don’t believe the “no pain no gain” theory!

Driving

  • Do take breaks driving, every 30-45 minutes, and get out and walk
  • Do set your rearview mirror to a height that requires good posture to see it
  • Do use the lumbar support if your vehicle is equipped with this. Add a pillow or towel behind your low back to add more support.

Using Ice / Heat

  • Do ask the doctor whether it is better to use ice or heat
  • Don’t use ice/heat for more than 20 minutes per hour
  • Don’t place ice/heat directly on the skin; use a wet towel

Vitamins / Supplements

  • Do take a multi-vitamin daily
  • Do ask the doctor if some specific vitamins/supplements may aid your problem/pain

Water

  • Do try to drink between 64ozs or half your body weight (in ounces) of water per day.
  • Don’t count anything else as water except water! (Coffee, tea, pop, juice, etc. all do not count as water!!)

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Chiropractic Care Is Like Brushing Your Teeth

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Pain and injury are most often times the end result of repetitive stress or cumulative trauma.

An example?  Eat lots of sugar and don’t brush your teeth. What happens?  Cavities.

The problem isn’t that your enamel isn’t strong enough, or you don’t floss regularly, it’s that the repetition of daily sugar partnered with poor brushing habits leads to the erosion, and ultimately, cavities.

Dentists can fix the cavity (or pain), but you need to be proactive in brushing, flossing, and checkups.

While we all have teeth and need them, I would argue that, in particular, the spine, is the most overlooked and under-cared for part of the body.  Many people clean their car, maintain their hair, and polish their shoes while forgetting to care for the core and fundamental part of themselves.

Finding and catching issues before they happen has always been a stalwart of the chiropractic profession, and I am applying recent education to focus on identifying the core issues that could lead to future issues.

If you, your family members, friends, or co-workers regularly complain of low grade, annoying or bothersome issues, these often lead to bigger issues down the road. I believe we all want our bodies to stay with us and work well for the course of our existence, so let’s pay attention to the little things, and take preventative measures. Let me help you understand what you can do to function the best you can.”

– Dr. Bob Curtis DC, CCSP