Muscle pain can be excruciating and lead to the feeling of being extremely uncomfortable. Along with pain, your entire routine is in a havoc. When this occur, rest your muscles to prevent the pain from worsening.
Mild soreness from muscle pain may take up to 48 hours to heal. If your pain is severe you have more the reason to rest as the amount of rest is directly related to the severity of your pain.
Causes For Muscle Pain
An acute muscle spasm referred to as cramp is also a common cause of muscle pain. At times this gets you clutching to the ground and howling with pain. Muscles that are overworked when they are not used to it results in a breakdown of their muscle fibers leading to pain. This happens to those who engage themselves in rigorous exercises.
Try and increase the duration and intensity of your exercises gradually to avoid yourself from getting a feeling of being hit by a truck after a game of round ball. Infections like flu often cause muscle pains in the body too.
Types Of Muscle Pains
Muscle pains can be categorized into various groups. They can be segregated into acute and chronic muscle pain. The duration of acute muscle pain is limited and occurs instantly. Damage of tissues in the bones, organs or muscles result in muscle pain which also causes emotional distress and anxiety. Chronic muscle pain is resistant to medical treatment and is seen to last longer than acute muscle pain.
Symptoms of Muscle Pain
Symptoms of muscle pain includes a feeling of being overworked or pulled along with a twitching and burning sensation in some cases. Though the symptoms of muscle pain may vary from one individual to another, some of the most common symptoms are fatigue, insomnia and pain.
Home Remedies For Muscle Pain
Pain and swelling in the muscles may be reduced with ice therapy. To prepare the therapy, take a small plastic bag and put crushed ice into it. Now in a circular motion massage the affected area with this ice pack. A bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a thin towel can also be replaced with the ice pack.
The nerves endings of the muscles are temporarily made numb by the application of an ice pack giving instant pain relief, swelling and pain reduction. However be careful of preventing your skin nerves from getting damages by over application of the ice packs.
Exercises To Treat Muscle Pains
Amongst the exercises to treat muscle pain, stretching and squeezing deserve mention. As you gently knead and squeeze the center of the muscle, when you get a cramp, you will notice that the place where you feel a knot or a hard bulge in the muscle, with your fingers, is the cramped muscle that needs to be stretched.
Stretch in the opposite direction of the contraction. So if the cramp is your calf muscle place your flat foot on the ground and lean ahead keeping your heel intact with the ground. If you face difficulty standing, stay seated on the ground with your extended legs and stretch ahead with an aim to touch your toes or upper foot area. Once you succeed in touching it, pull your foot towards your knees.
Aching muscles can be treated well by soaking them in a tub of warm water with a cup or two of Epsom salt dissolved into it. Avoid use of hot water. Your skin will feel less dry with warm water. Keep soaking the affected muscle area till the water turns cool.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider vinegar has received thumbs up in the treatment of leg cramps and sore muscles from 15 individuals on the Earth Clinic Muscle Cramp page. While some prefer to drink it down in one shot, others prefer to mix a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar with water and drink it. Some individuals also prefer to rub the muscle pain area with the apple cider vinegar.
There has been a case where someone consumed pickle juice and achieved results similar to apple cider vinegar. It has been recommended by Judith to mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of honey, 8 to 10 ounces of cold water and some fresh mint leaves to prepare this drink to treat muscle pains.
Coconut Oil Treatment
Coconut oil like apple cider vinegar has been found to be beneficial in treating a number of ailments. Lynn says on the Earth Clinic site that she had used 2-3 tablespoons of virgin coconut while cooking every day and had also applied it on butter and similar foods.
I recommend that an easy way to consume extra coconut oil per day you can try having coconut fudge with cocoa powder.
Hot Pepper Rubs
Relief from pain resulting from joint pain, muscle pain, muscle sores or arthritis can be availed with capsaicin or hit peppers and the burns that they produce. This is an over the counter product. It can also be prepared by mixing a cup of olive oil or warm coconut oil and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. You can also mix aloe Vera gel with cayenne pepper. This rub should be applied on the affected area and the hands washes well post application.
Avoid the rub to come in contact with your eyes, mouth and nose as this can lead to irritation. It is advisable to test the rub on a part of your skin to check if it reacts with your skin and understand your skins sensitivity to it. As this rub may not suite everyone its best to test if the skin can adjust to it.
Diet For Those Suffering From Muscle Pains
Muscle cramps may be treated with an increase in the consumption of food rich in calcium and magnesium. The quantity of sodium in your diet should be reduced in comparison to other food items. Nuts, beans, whole grain breads as well as cereals are good sources of magnesium.
Fruits and veggies like bananas, cantaloupes and oranges are rich sources of potassium. Calcium can be derived from dairy products.
Other Treatments For Muscle Pain
Muscle pain can also be cured with garlic as it has anti-inflammatory properties. For instant relief, mix garlic with mustard oil and apply it on the affected area. Muscle recovery is also initiates by tart cherry juice which is an anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Serious conditions like joint pain and arthritis can be treated with Indian spice turmeric which can be added to food. To relieve muscle pain you can also try a ginger honey paste application or applying a mix of olive oil and cayenne pepper on the affected area.