Isn't It Just Muscle Pain?

Many of my patients describe their condition as muscle pain, achy sore stiff muscles. I get a lot of questions about muscle pain. Can't I just stretch it and have it go away. What people don't realize is that the muscle pain they are feeling really has its origin as a nerve problem. The nerves are getting pinched by their vertebrae and this decreases the nerve flow to the muscles. This then shows up as muscle aches, stiffness, soreness and tenderness. But since it is the muscles that hurt they think the origin of the problem lies in the muscles. However no amount of stretching is really going to help, because the real problem is a bone out of alignment pinching the nerve. People commonly think or nerve problems as pins and needles or numbness and tingling in the arms and hands. It is important to realize that achy and tight muscles can also indicate nerve involvement as well.

Dr. Kip Rode