What is Muscle Pain?
Muscle pain is something that most people will experience at least once in their lifetime. Muscle pain is soreness or a sharp pain in the muscles – any muscle in the body. There are many muscle pain causes. Muscle pain can range from mild to severe and can last a couple days or much longer. Learn about our muscle pain exercises, which can provide both immediate relief and long term healing.
Muscle Pain CausesThe body is an amazing network of highly interconnected parts. This is especially evident when it comes to performance and pain. When everything is in balance, the muscles within your interconnective chain all work together. The result is painless, almost effortless movement. It's somewhat expected that a stressed or injured muscle causes some level of discomfort in the surrounding muscles. But, because of the nature of the interconnective chain, the pain you’re feeling today may be the result of an injury or muscle imbalance that you actually suffered last week. Some of the more typical muscle pain causes include overuse and tension, as well as stress and minor injuries. These are typically localized and affect only the muscles in one area of the body. Systemic muscle pain is different and is typically felt throughout the entire body. Some common muscle pain causes include:
Muscle Pain SymptomsMuscle pain symptoms will be different for each individual and each circumstance. For example, someone who experiences an injury may feel more intense symptoms for a shorter amount of time than someone who has a medical condition and may feel dull pain for years. The following are some common muscle pain symptoms:
- Weakness in the muscles
- Inability to walk, run, or jog
- Difficulty standing up from a sitting position
- Strain in the neck when sitting for long periods of time
- High fever
- Stiff neck
- Dizziness or trouble breathing
Muscle Pain TreatmentJust as the muscle pain symptoms will be different for each individual, so will the exact application of muscle pain treatment that is used. The following are some immediate relief options, as well as some long-term healing options, for muscle pain treatment:
- Rest – The first thing you can do for muscle pain treatment is to stop the activity that is causing the muscle pain, and give your muscles a rest.
- Ice – Apply ice to the sore area for 20 minutes, 3 times each day, to reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
- Compress – Use compression sleeves, such as the Cho-Pat® Calf Compression Sleeve, the Cho-Pat® Knee Compression Sleeve, the Cho-Pat® Thigh Compression Sleeve, the Cho-Pat® Elbow Compression Sleeve, or the Cho-Pat® Ankle Compression Sleeve. Compression holds the muscles and tendons in place when you move. Compression can reduce swelling, provide warmth, and increase circulation.
- Elevate – Elevating the injured muscle can also help to reduce inflammation and swelling, thus reducing pain.
- Stretch and Strengthen – Most cramps can be stopped if the muscle can be stretched. Using tools like StretchRite®, CoreStretch™, and ProStretch® help to ensure a safe and effective stretch that will strengthen and lengthen the muscles of the body. This strengthening and lengthening will provide immediate relief, and when done routinely, will help to avoid muscle pain and muscle injuries.