Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies are Present in 50% of Chronic Pain Cases
Adequate quantities of minerals and vitamins are essential for healthy muscles and tissues.
Studies have indicated that 50% of clients presenting with chronic pain are found to be deficient in a number of key micronutrients.
Vitamins B1, B6, and B12, along with vitamin C and folic acid, are important in the war on pain.
The minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium are all critically important.
These vitamins and minerals play important roles in the physiology of muscle activity.
Clients presenting with myofascial pain disorders, and who are suffering from micronutrient deficiencies, will usually require dietary supplementation for the trigger point treatment to be successful.
All too often, clients are confused as to why they are deficient in these important minerals and vitamins. They will report that they eat well and have normal dietary habits compared with other family members.
The problem may not be their diet but rather their personal health choices, such as smoking and drinking alcohol or caffeine.
Smoking, for example, annihilates vitamin C, while oral contraceptives affect vitamin B6 levels.
Antacid medication can leave many individuals with the symptoms of chronic fatigue; even writing their signature becomes an effort.
Clients with vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies may report feeling unusually cold, bouts of diarrhea, restless leg syndrome, headaches, disturbed sleep, and trigger point pain.
Other symptoms include feeling fatigued, muscle cramping, and depression.
Metabolic disorders should be ruled out, particularly thyroid problems and hypoglycemia.
Referral of clients with vitamin/mineral deficiencies is always recommended.
This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.
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