notafanofbugs - There are some beginner floor strengthening exercises, called bridging that are good for the core. You tube would have them, your chiro should have some info on this. A very deep, strong internal muscle called the Psoas can be responsible for internal core stiffness.
This internal muscle can be accessed and released with skilled fingers between the lower inside edge of the Illiac Crest and the gut wall. This is done on your back or side with thighs bent at 90 degrees, insert fingers together at said
location then straighten out thighs. It will be sore but this will release the tension. This muscle is often forgot about
since its internal, but its responsible for huge deep pains/stiffness and will twist your hip/pelvis if only one side is tight. A good chiro who does more than cracking joints should know this.
My story, or "lyme-line", is similar to yours. I had body stiffness and occasional muscle spasms for decades, which eventually got worse and changed my life around 2005. Drs blamed it on a somewhat extreme sport I used to do, until the pain got worse after retirement from that. It became very MS like.
Now a few years after lyme treatment I continue to rebuild my muscle and tendon strength. I get stronger every week. I started doing a lot of myofacial muscle release in the core, then moved outward to the limbs. The core must be strong and L-R tension-balanced before strengthening limbs.
I would also suggest a fitness foam roller (for back and legs) and learn muscle release by rolling on a LaCross ball (for glutes)- all this is offered on you-tube. If everyone learned and did this, chiros would have very few customers. Its a good life skill to learn/have.
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