Muscles  atrophy is when the muscles waste away. The main reason for muscle wasting is a lack of physical activity. This can happen when a disease or injury makes it difficult or impossible for you to move an arm or leg.


Causes of muscles atrophy:

  • lack of physical activity (for any reason)
  • aging
  • alcohol-associated myopathy (pain and weakness in muscles due to excessive drinking over long periods of time)
  • burns
  • injuries and broken bones
  • malnutrition
  • spinal cord injuries
  • stroke
  • long-term corticosteroid therapy

Diseases can cause muscles to waste away or can make movement difficult, leading to muscle atrophy. These include:

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • dermatomyositis (a muscle disease)
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (an autoimmune disease that leads to nerve inflammation and muscle weakness)
  • multiple sclerosis
  • muscular dystrophy
  • neuropathy damage
  • osteoarthritis)
  • polio
  • polymyositis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • spinal muscular atrophy

How muscles atrophy can be diagnosed:

  • blood tests
  • X-rays
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • computed tomography (CT) scan
  • nerve conduction studies
  • muscle or nerve biopsy
  • electromyography (EMG)

How muscles atrophy can be treated:

  • exercise
  • physical therapy
  • ultrasound therapy
  • surgery
  • dietary changes

Here at AcuNatural Health Brisbane we offer massage therapy to help with stretching for atrophied muscles. In the case of inactivity or lack of exercise due to surgery or illness, massage can assist in a more complete recovery. It also assists in relieving muscle spasms and tension-related headaches.

As well as massage therapy we offer Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that includes acupuncture and Chinese herbals to help with the pain that comes with muscles atrophy. Acupuncture helps the body naturally deal with pain by increasing blood flow and Chinese herbals act as natural painkillers. A recent study done by Japanese researchers indicates that acupuncture therapy may also aid in mitigating muscle loss. (Sciencedailycom, 2016)

We also offer a series of simple, but effective at home exercises to do in addition to massage therapy and TCM to help build up/strengthen the muscles. Please click here to have access to the exercises!

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We offer Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to clients all over Brisbane and are a short drive from Windsor, Newstead, Fortitude Valley, New Market, Teneriffe, Spring Hill, Brisbane City, New Farm, Herston, Kelvin Grove, Ascot and Hamilton.

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