THE TRUTH ABOUT MUSCLE RELAXERS
Ahhhhhhhhh. Relaxation. In a world of RAMPANT SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE, it's something that all of us crave. And if you have any sort of musculoskeletal problem(s), one of the common symptoms can be muscle spasms. Muscle spasms are a natural form of "splinting" (think splinting a broken bone here) and are essentially a way that your body tries to protect itself by locking you down and preventing you from moving. While this can certainly be good for certain situations, it can be devastating for others, causing all sorts of Chronic Pain and abnormalities in joint motion --- particularly in the spine.
Muscle Relaxers --- particularly Carisoprodol (Soma, Soprodal or Vanadom) --- have not only been shown to be extremely addictive, but a study from November of 2011 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), showed that the incidence of ER visits doubled in the five year period studied (2004 - 2009). But this does not even begin to touch on the issue of side effects of Muscle Relaxers --- particularly the drugs from the Diazapam family (VALIUM). The side effects reported in the peer-reviewed scientific literature include....
Truthfully, I could go on and on and on. What do I recommend for Muscle Spasms? We use a product in our office called Formula 303. Over the years, I have tried numerous other similar products, and patients always tell me that 303 works better. As always, if you deal with underlying INFLAMMATION, chiefly by eating an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET, you will likely help your cause as well. Be aware that most of the time there is some underlying mechanical reason for Muscle Spasms. Whether the problem is ADHESED FASCIA, TENDINOSIS, SUBLUXATION, ABNORMAL POSTURE, or an ABNORMAL CERVICAL CURVE, (or a combination of several of these) deal with it. Otherwise, when you take the Muscle Relaxers, you are covering symptoms without addressing the underlying cause of those symptoms.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).