A Sigh of Relief: How to Deal With Muscle Pains

Posted June 15, 2020 by in Health + Fitness
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Tension, stress, the overuse of muscles, and minor injuries constitute the most common sources of muscle pain. Typically this type of pain is centralized, affecting only a few muscles, or a small part of the body. Over the years, soaking in a tub of warm water with a few scoops of Epsom salt has been an established way of treating aching muscles.

Epsom salt consists of magnesium sulfate which is a natural relaxing muscle and also helps to lower inflammation by removing excess fluids. This is just one way to deal with muscle pain and in this post, we will discuss some more relief measures:

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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is one of the best known natural treatments to alleviate stress in the muscles. Massaging the affected muscle tissue directly can help the muscle loosen its contraction, and thus relieving muscle tension. Massage types are plenty to choose from but Swedish massage is a soft touch massage that is ideal for lighter stress types, while deep tissue massage is good for treating deeper tension in the muscles.

Either of these massage types would be effective, and a perfect way to alleviate muscle pain, headaches of stress, and stiffness of the back. Moreover, you can also try a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit (TENS) which is a device used by some to relieve pain. TENS units work by delivering small electrical impulses to a person’s skin through electrodes that have adhesive pads. In recent years, and for good reason, the TENS machines have gathered incredible popularity.

You can check some tens unit reviews available online to find out the best one for you. If you are looking for pain relief or combining your workout program with natural muscle stimulation, TENS units can give you more strength, stamina, and dramatically reduce pain and recovery times.

Try Yoga

Yoga is probably the oldest method of alternative control of muscle tension as it uses exercises to extend, strengthen, and relax muscles while working on your entire body. Yoga also addresses the physical aspect of muscle tension, as well as the stress component.

It is also a way of relieving stress, one of the major sources of muscle tension. A constant yoga practice with greater optimism and confidence can help a person face anxiety and stress. 

Proper Rest

The easiest and most obvious way to calm your muscles is to take some rest. Ensure you get more than enough sleep, drink a lot of water, and try not to overwork the affected muscles. It could also provide quick relief by using heat pads or cold muscle compresses.

Usually, muscle spasms are caused by over-stimulated muscles, and ice can help slow the flow of signals from the brain to the hyperactive muscle.

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If stress or any physical activity triggers muscle pain, take certain steps to reduce the risk of muscle pain in the future. Take a warm-up and cool-down into all your workout sessions and stay hydrated.

Most importantly, pay attention to your body and hold back doing physical activities if your muscles begin to hurt.