Your joints’ getting tight is a sign that there’s too much stress on them. Your body works remarkably well when everything is in balance. Too much activity in the nerves supplying the surrounding muscles or problems with your posture increases pressure on the area, making your joints go tight.
No doubt you know that bad posture causes tension. Sometimes you may be aware of it and try to adapt things (temporarily). In practise your probably unconsciously stressing your posture and straining your joints, during your normal every day movements and activities. Basically anything that disturbs your physical posture from faulty sitting and unsuitable mattresses, to dodgy feet, dental misalignments, old injuries, awkward working positions and repeated faulty movement patterns, can also contribute to the tension in your joints.
Tight joints can also be caused by tight muscles and the amount of tension in a muscle depends on the amount of activity in the nerve supplying the muscle. This itself is controlled by input from many different parts of the nervous system, some attempting to increase it’s activity and others trying to reduce it. Anything that stimulates the nervous system or reduces it’s activity could ultimately be affecting your muscle tone. For more on this and for which 20 things can change your muscle tone see ‘Why Are Some Of Your Muscles So Weak?’
For example a joint in your spine could be getting tight, because the muscle next to it is being activated too much because your balance system isn’t working properly, or its complementary muscle elsewhere in the body is too weak (affected by local soft tissue from an old injury), or a struggling organ is overloading shared neural circuitry in that area or your some regions of your brain are too active and others not enough…
So how might tight joints be affected by chemical or organ stress? Perhaps if you aren’t absorbing or eliminating effectively there may be a deficiency in what the muscles need to work or an excess of chemicals that dysregulate them. So for example magnesium is an important mineral for the muscles because it helps muscles relax. Magnesium levels are reduced by changes in blood sugar, caffeine, alcohol and stress, impaired digestion, low stomach acid and not enough magnesium rich foods. As mentioned your organs also can alter nervous system function. If you’re lifestyle is over burdening an organ, then sensors in the organ (called interoceptors) can feedback into your nervous system, altering its function.
So why are we so bothered about tight joints? Tight joints are a very common cause of back pain, neck pain and headaches. Your Preston Chiropractor team at Back-in-Action can help you to free up your joints and help you deal with the underlying issues.
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