Muscle Pain – Treatment

Treating Muscle Pain

To effectively treat muscle pain you should first identify how long you’ve been suffering the pain and how severe it is. Are there other symptoms that accompany the muscle pain? Does the pain get worse when doing certain activities? Does it subside when you stop doing that activity? Do you have the pain when resting? Does the muscle pain keep you awake at night?

Once you’ve determined the answers, visit your GP who will ask you similar questions to make a diagnosis. Once they’ve ascertained the problems, they will advise a course of treatment or dispense some advice that will help.

Many muscular problems will ease with rest and some gentle stretching exercises. However, it is advisable to seek a healthcare practitioner who can ensure your return to recovery is safe. There are a number of effective complementary and alternative medicine practices that are proven to be beneficial for muscular pain.

One of the oldest forms of physical therapy, this hands-on method involves the massage and manipulation of soft tissue. By applying various levels of pressure a massage therapist improves blood circulation to the affected area which delivers oxygen and essential nutrients. The process also ‘frees up’ tightened fibres and removes toxins that may have built up around the muscles aiding the healing process.

Reflexology applies pressure to specific areas of the hands and feet to alleviate problems in other parts of the body. The process triggers a relaxation response reducing tension and releases the natural pain-killing chemical into the bloodstream to aid muscle pain relief. As with massage, better circulation increase oxygen and nutrients to the affected area while flushing out toxins.

Acupuncture uses ultra-fine needles to stimulate nerves in the body releasing pain-killing chemicals that aid muscle pain relief. Acupuncture is beneficial for easing tension in the body, one of the main causes of muscular pain. Acupuncture also releases hormones that are effective in responding to injury, stress, circulation problems and digestive disorders – all causes of muscle pain.

Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Bowen Therapy, Physiotherapy
These therapies concentrate on the musculo-skeletal system of the body to alleviate and correct problems with joints and soft tissue helping the body to heal naturally

Natural remedies and mineral supplements (particularly those with calcium and magnesium) are known to ease certain types of muscle pain.

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