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Muscle Pain: Know Everything From Its Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, To Prevention

Muscle Pain: Know Everything From Its Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, To Prevention

When we say Myalgia it may seem like a serious condition but is in fact a term used for Muscle Pain.

  So, my muscle hurts daily and so does everyone’s, what’s the big deal?

Muscle Pain: Know Everything From Its Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, To Prevention

Yes, indeed one of the common complaints, muscle aches (myalgia) is experienced by each one of us day in and day out. Also, there are numerous common reasons behind our daily muscle aches, such as excessive standing, walking, climbing, running, sitting, or others. Any such daily activities cause our muscles to ache and are generally short-term visitors but, there are also some major reasons behind it which if not taken care of now; can lead to serious complications later. So, let’s decode first:

 

What is Muscle Pain?

 

Muscle Pain (Myalgia) is not a life-threatening condition but yet is a reason to worry if it’s persistent or is not improving with time. The discomfort that we experience in our muscles in the form of throbbing pain, aching, cramping, stabbing, or burning, varies depending upon the causes behind it.

Since our muscle is constructed of skeletal muscle tissue, blood vessels, tendons, and nerves, any muscle tear, pull or strain can also damage small blood vessels, causing local bleeding, bruising, and pain caused by irritation of the nerve endings in the area.

Therefore, not just major but even a minor ache should be taken into consideration.

 

Common Muscle Pain Causes

 

Muscle pain is of two types. It can be either one or two muscle areas that might be hurting or your whole muscular system. Some of the common causes of pain in particular muscles are due to:

  • Stress
  • Overuse of muscles
  • Injury or trauma, including sprains and strains
  • Skipping warmups and cooldowns

While if you are having pain throughout the body which is called Systemic muscle pain, is more often the result of: 

  • Infections (flu, Lyme disease, malaria, muscle abscess, polio)
  • Autoimmune diseases (Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Certain medications, including ACE inhibitors for lowering blood pressure, cocaine, and statins for lowering cholesterol
  • Neuromuscular disorders.
  • Repetitive injuries 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Certain cancers
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

 

Muscle Pain Symptoms to Watch Out

Symptoms vary depending upon the muscle pain causes. However, some of the common symptoms that indicate something is wrong with your muscles are: 

  • Pain, restless aches
  • Redness, swelling
  • Difficulty in moving
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Pain even after resting or taking medication
  • Muscle weakness

 

Muscle Pain Treatments and How To Manage It At Home?

Although muscle aches due to daily chores, workouts, and other minor stress respond well to home treatment.

 

 

Some need proper diagnosis which is done via:

  • Blood and urine tests to check for infections to prevent complications.
  • Physical examination to check mobility. 
  • Ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan to look for muscle injury or damage.
  • Muscle biopsy to see for changes in muscle tissue if any as that may indicate neuromuscular diseases.
  • Electromyography to access the electrical activity of nerves and muscles.

Now, there are some self-care measures that you can take to get some relief from pain wherever muscle pain strikes. If it is a minor ache it will go away with home care treatments and if not, will require medical care. So, here are some self-care strategies that you can apply:

 

1. Start with R.I.C.E. therapy

 

  • Rest your painful area
  • Ice it using an ice pack or a frozen bag of peas for 20 minutes several times a day
  • Compress using a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  • Elevate the painful area above the level of your heart, especially at night, which allows gravity to help reduce swelling.

Note: Always apply ice for the first 24 to 72 hours to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation if any, and only after that, use a heat compress to improve blood flow because early application of heat may increase the swelling. Also, never apply ice or heat directly onto your bare skin. Always use a protective layer of clothing between the ice or heat and the skin.

 

2. Massage and stretch

 

Try gently massaging and stretching your painful area. Stop immediately if the pain increases.

 

3. Rest and Heal

 

Muscle pain after a workout or overuse simply needs some rest to get back on track. So, get plenty of rest and avoid doing high-impact activities until after the muscle pain goes away. You can also soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts or take a warm shower for stress and pain relief.

Note: Take an over-the-counter pain reliever only if it’s unbearable or else it is better to avoid.

 

4. Try Physiotherapy

 

Physiotherapy is one of the safest, drug-free, and non-invasive ways to heal from any pain and injury and it is proven to bring significant relief to muscle discomforts. Indeed you might be wondering how can one go for physiotherapy when in pain. Well, technology has advanced and today with portable and compact physiotherapy devices available, one can easily heal at home, or anywhere, anytime, without the presence of any medical expert.

How Physiotherapy Helps in Easing Muscle Aches?

Physiotherapy is not just a treatment for muscle aches but is lifelong protection from the pain to reappear. Therapeutic physical therapies like Ultrasound, TENS, Deep-tissue IFT, and EMS, all work remarkably well for muscle pain relief. 

The electrical impulses or the sound waves generated in such physiotherapy devices, improve the blood flow, stimulate the production of Endorphins – the body’s natural pain killer, and block the transmission of pain signals to our brain, thereby relieving us from the pain and discomfort without any drugs, invasion, or side effects.

When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention?

Usually, muscle aches go away in a day or two. However, if it persists or is increasing, restricting your mobility, or developing other symptoms like high fever, vomiting, nausea, chest pain, stiffness in your neck area, breathlessness, difficulty swallowing, or loss of bladder control, you must seek immediate medical care.

 

Tips to Prevent Muscle Pain

 

We don’t take care of our muscles and joints as we do for our hair, skin, and appearance. Whereas it’s they who need more care. So, make sure to:

  • Eat healthy and nutritious food for joints and muscles.
  • Stay hydrated and intake electrolytes on days when you’re more active. 
  • Exercise but also rest well.
  • Discontinue doing any activity that is putting pressure on your muscles.
  • Warm-up before and cool down after exercise.
  • Take breaks from prolonged sitting and stretch, move, and relax.
  • Wear muscle and joint support while doing heavyweight activities. 
  • Listen to your body, watch out for signs and seek treatment without any delay.

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Takeaway

Only you know your body well. So, pay attention when in pain. If you feel your muscles are getting better with rest and home treatment continue doing it. If not, seek help without wasting time.

Taking about home care, you have nothing to worry about as UltraCare PRO has everything you need to heal in your comfort. From portable and compact physiotherapy devices to UltraCool Ball – cold massager, everything is covered. 

The Flow Of Health Problems From An Air Conditioning (AC)

The Flow Of Health Problems From An Air Conditioning (AC)

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Air Conditioner (AC) installation in houses and offices has become rampant with a considerable rise in the temperatures over the last few years. The Economic Times recently reported in their article that the sales of AC in India is expected to make a double-digit jump in 2018 i.e. close to 25%.

Day in and day out, we prefer to remain in the air-conditioned environment as it has turned difficult to survive in the rising mercury. Though AC gives the ice-cooling comfort, least do we know about the negative effects of the prolonged usage of AC on health. Let’s have a look at how these Artificial-environment Creators (AC) are robbing us of our good health in a gradual way.

Side Effects of Air Conditioning
Lack of fresh air:
Side Effects of Air Conditioning
Doors and windows are shut when the AC is switched on so that the cool air doesn’t escape the room. This ultimately leaves no space for the fresh air to enter in and AC keeps circulating the air available in the room. This stale air leads to develop ‘sick building syndrome,’ a condition affecting most of the people nowadays, typically marked by constant fatigue and tiredness.

Excessive dryness:
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Would you like to have a skin that looks older than what your actual age is? Obviously not! Well, AC not only sucks out all the moisture present in the air but also make your beauty fade away. Lack of moisture in the air leaves the skin dry, itchy and flaky hastening the ageing process. Apply ample amount of hydrating lotions to keep your skin smooth and supple. Eyes, being the most sensitive part is most affected. AC is one of the major causes for dryness of the eyes, irritation, redness, itchiness, eye strain, recurring headaches and blurring of vision etc. It is recommended to blink your eyes at regular intervals to keep your eyes moist.

Dehydration:
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When the temperature is set too low, you feel less thirsty which may lead to dehydration in the long run. Do not wait to feel thirsty. Drink plenty of water to replenish the lost fluids. Set the reminder at regular intervals to remind yourself to stay hydrated.

Headaches and Migraines:
Headaches and Migraines
You are vulnerable to headaches and migraines if the air-conditioned spaces are not maintained properly. Low indoor air quality and dehydration also lead to a headache. Also, avoid going out in the scorching heat suddenly after staying in an air-conditioned room for long. The sudden temperature change can affect the body leading to moderate to high headaches.

Respiratory problems:

If the AC ducts are not properly cleaned up at regular intervals, the microbes and mould buildup can lead to breathing problems. You may suffer from dry throat, nasal blockages and rhinitis which is caused by a viral infection or an allergic reaction. It worsens the condition for the people who are already suffering from bronchitis or asthma. It is advised to get your home and office air conditioners routinely checked and serviced at least once in a year so as to avoid the above problems.

Joints and Muscle pains:
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Constant exposure to low temperature can make you feel lethargic and weak, developing joint pain and muscle contractions which may turn rheumatic in the long run. AC is worst for the people who are already suffering from arthritis as it increases the stiffness and swelling in the joints. So it is advisable to avoid or minimize the use of air conditioner as one of the measure to cure arthritis. If you work somewhere where AC cannot be avoided, seek the help of Physiotherapy Machine to ease the pain and inflammation associated with it.

Now that you are aware of what precautions are to be taken when being exposed to air-conditioned environ. Try to keep the air cool naturally with the alternate use of ceiling fans. Keep your living and working spaces well ventilated, eat healthily and enhance your natural immunity to stay safe in AC.