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Muscle Imbalances at the Gym: Soft Tissue Injury or Nerve Issue?

man and woman physical therapyIf you fell out of your gym routine during COVID-19, you’re not alone. Now that many people are restarting their workout routines, it’s important to pay attention to how your body handles exercise to minimise the risk of injury.

What feels like a muscle issue may actually be a symptom of nerve irritation that requires chiropractic care. Here are some telltale signs to look for as you figure out whether the solution might include getting an adjustment.

How do you know it’s time to visit the chiropractor?

If you’ve noticed an imbalance between your right and left sides, that doesn’t necessarily come from being right- or left-handed. Nine times out of ten, a slight uneasiness or weakness on one side is due to nerve interference or an old injury that never healed properly.

Nerve irritation in the spine or joint may prevent certain muscles from firing appropriately. As a result, you might experience uneven muscle activation when doing lunges, squats, deadlifts, or bench presses. Many people notice that a glute on one side isn’t firing properly, or one shoulder is taking the brunt of each lift.

Similarly, you may have limited range of motion on one side, like if you can’t quite get your shoulder in the right position for a certain exercise. Chiropractic can help keep your range of motion even on both sides by addressing the underlying restriction.

Fully Activating Every Muscle

If a nerve issue hinders your performance, no amount of reps will solve the problem. In fact, pushing it too hard may set you up for an injury down the track.

Our chiropractors will start with a thorough assessment to identify where the weakness is coming from. A low back subluxation in the lumbar spine, for example, might be why your glutes aren’t working properly.

Adjustments are a straightforward solution that can help boost your workout. Contact our office today to learn more about whether chiropractic could help with your exercise routine. We’d love to fuel your workout naturally, so you can feel stronger and bolder than ever before.

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