The dictionary definition of alignment is the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts in relation to each other. Your car needs alignment, and even your printer cartridges may need to be aligned. Why should your body be any different?

When your body is not aligned, you may start to feel a tightening and pain in your back, legs, or surrounding muscle areas. You have a muscular imbalance – a normal part of life often caused by a few main factors such as daily habits and exercising.

Your daily habits could be the center for pain

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Daily habits such as working at your desk, how you sit at the dinner table, and even the way you sleep can cause muscle imbalance. You often don’t realize that you’re slumping over your desk or table until you really think about it. If you aren’t the best sleeper, tossing and turning could cause stiffness and pain. However, taking note of these and making adjustments to your everyday routine can help you be more conscious of posture and where your body’s alignment is off.

Exercise is great, but beware…

Wait, I thought working out is supposed to be good for me? Yes, it is; however, you must take note of the muscle groups you are using and the way you are using them.

When you overwork one muscle group, it tends to cause the contrary part of your muscle to weaken. For example, one side of your body is usually stronger than the other, so you may be better at performing lunges on your right side than your left side. So, you work harder to strengthen your left side. In this scenario, you are trying to balance each side out. You are trying to align up the strength in each leg.

When that balance is off, you begin to feel that tightening pain. And, when you feel that pain, you need to observe your workout routine and learn what groups need more or less exercise to regain the balance and structure of your muscles.

The basic formula for rebalancing your muscles is first to notice where the problem is – whether it be your back, neck, or legs – then you make changes.

Avoiding Chronic Pain in 3 Steps

Ready to combat chronic pain? Follow these three steps to rebalance your muscles and avoid long-term issues:

  1. Identify Your Muscular Pain Recognizing where your body feels “off” is the first step to managing muscular imbalance. The pain is different for all of us based on our lifestyle and routine. Identifying where the issue is centered will help you learn more about your body and what adjustment your body needs. If you feel the strain in your back and neck, it could be due to your posture while sitting at a desk. Now you would know to make a conscious effort to sit up straight with your feet on the ground to fix that dull, strenuous pain.
  2. Re-focus Your Workouts Another method to rebalancing your muscles is to observe what muscle groups you are putting the most effort into and which ones are lacking. Figuring out what you need to work on and what muscles are the strongest will help you re-focus for a better workout. In most cases, you should focus on your form rather than the number of reps you can do. Using the correct form will ensure that you are moving your muscles properly to build and strengthen all groups.
  3. Visit A Chiropractor If you are still feeling prolonged pain, it is probably a good idea to visit a chiropractor. A chiropractor will be able to run tests and help identity where the pain is coming from. Then, you will receive suggested tips and exercises to combat the chronic pain of muscular imbalance.

Identifying the pain + making certain lifestyle changes = muscular alignment

Now that you know the secret formula to muscular alignment, you are on your way to a pain-free daily routine. If you need any tips or suggested exercises on balancing your muscles, please contact us via email at dr@back2healthytoday.com, via phone at (973)-595-1809 or visit backtohealthtoday.com.