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Did you know that 50 million Americans live with chronic pain as of May 2019? And that makes about 15% of the total population. Quite startling, right? But, what is chronic pain.
It is actually a body pain that lasts for a minimum of 12 weeks and can occur continuously or episodically. Such a long-term pain and that too in so many people certainly calls for a thinking process as to why it is prevailing at such a rate.
One of the major contributors to this chronic pain is muscular pain. You might have normally complained about aches and inflammation in different parts of the body: that’s usually muscular pain and can be cured at home instead of instantly scurrying to a doctor.
Before we go on to discuss that, let’s first analyze some of the reasons causing it.
Factors causing muscular pains
Most commonly after an injury; unless it is a broken bone, it is a muscle disorder that prompts severe levels of pain. The type of injury can vary. It could be strains that result from overstretching, falls and twisting actions or Blunt force trauma caused by a sudden impact to the body like hitting something or being beaten by something.
Uneven posture is a big contributor to injuries too. We will discuss some normally occurring instances in your daily life and you would know how that 15% mark may grow potentially over the next years.
Slouching in a chair if you are involved in a computer-based job, supporting a phone between your head and shoulder while you are answering to customer complaints, proofreading and writing notes by bending your back, and working in tight corners like tunnels and powerplants while crumbling up your body.
We can get on with it and so, but that would be boring. All these practices and movements can cause strains in particular muscles and cause injuries.
Overusing a specific muscle gives rise to injuries as well. And that’s most common for sportspeople. This is the reason why pet injuries like Hamstring, Groin, ankle sprains, and tennis elbow occur in sports. Muscles should be kept moving in all directions rather than in one particular line and failing to do so yields unwanted results.
2. Infections and diseases
Countless diseases can harm the muscles and affect their natural ability to move and function. Such diseases include Malaria, Lyme Disease, Arthritis, Chronic fatigue syndrome, and Fibromyalgia.
They can cause widespread or localized pains in the muscles, spread from one muscle to another, cause joint aches and makes you fall ill and weak.
This refers to both psychological and physical stress. When you are in tension, the muscles are triggered to contract naturally and if kept in that position for a long time, cause pains.
Sudden stress like hearing bad news or lifting heavy weight can impart a sudden state of tension to the muscles and if that is not relaxed after some time, it can transform to pain.
How to relieve muscular pain without a doctor
Not everyone likes to consult a doctor; some simply can’t afford it while others are too lazy to book an appointment and wait for their turn for the doctor to check them. If left untreated, muscular pains would certainly require the supervision of a doctor so those who want to avoid that, must follow these tips.
1. Correct your posture:
If you find yourself to be one of the victims of injury-prone postures we discussed above, it’s time to change them. Either adapt an upright posture where your backbone is kept straight or get a cushioning, posture stabilization support from a gadget.
There are many wearables, cushions, and back supporters available in the market that get the job done superbly.
2. Massage with an essential oil
Write this on Google and you would find tons of pages indicating the medical value of oil massage on sore muscles and type of oils perfect for that purpose. As a widely accepted fact, essential oils can aid in minimizing inflammation, increase blood circulation and ease spasms.
Using products like ginger oil, lavender oil, and cypress oil on the infected areas can reduce recovery time by leaps and bounds. They have soothing and warming properties that can relax the muscles, alleviate pains and soak up the soreness altogether. Massage the area for at least 2-3 minutes for greater effect.
Massaging the area is very important. It has been medically proved that massage reduces the production of cytokines which contribute to inflammation. Also, it stimulates the mitochondria of the body cells to convert glucose into energy which can be used for the repair of the muscles.
You can go to a masseuse or if you can’t afford it, see Youtube videos for the best massaging hand movements and follow that.
3. Be careful about the diet
A good diet does two things. It makes your muscles stronger and less susceptible to aches and it recovers you after you have encountered them.
Talking about muscle strengthening foods first, it includes proteins and carbohydrates because they provide energy, and improve muscle strength. Ensure the intake of foods like eggs, meat, fish, and cheese.
As for the foods that will cure muscles after a workout or a match, you can take in antioxidants because that helps with the inflammation, protein shakes because liquids are easier to consume than solid food especially after a workout and fruits like cherries as they have been approved to promote muscle recovery.
5. Ice jackets or baths
Almost every training area for athletes is equipped with an ice bath because it significantly minimizes muscle soreness. You might also have witnessed boxers in Hollywood movies who have taken a beating, to jump in a pool of iced water after the match ends.
At homes, however, you can utilize ice jackets and apply them to the infected area.
It’s convenient to follow these tips for your muscular pains because the longer you leave them untreated, the higher will be the chances of being ‘inflicted’ with medical treatments that will drain your wallet. Be smart, and be healthy!