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Muscle Pain Relief: An Overview by Eddie Tobey
After an auto mechanic spends hours under a car or a writer spends all day in
front of a computer, their muscles later complain at this overextension.
Everyone gets a muscle ache once in a while, but chronic muscle pain can be a
debilitating condition that deteriorates the quality of life of sufferers.
Muscle pain may be the result of a specific injury, a spasm, or a condition that
affects ligaments and connective joint tissue, or it may be only one symptom of
a broader condition, usually arthritis. It ranges in intensity, from infrequent
aches to chronic, disabling pain. Many therapies promise muscle pain relief, and
choosing between them depends on the cause of the pain, it's severity and
duration, as well as the preference of the patient.
Over-the-counter and prescription medications, including acetaminophen (Tylenol)
and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, help
alleviate muscle pain. Certain nutritional supplements may also provide muscle
pain relief. Emu oil, for example, which is sometimes used to treat arthritis
symptoms, may reduce muscle stiffness and tension.
Advocates of massage therapy claim that it can soothe aching muscles by
releasing tension and allowing muscles to relax. The ancient tradition of
acupuncture employs needles to achieve the same ends. Chiropractic may help ease
muscle pain by correcting improper vertebral alignment that puts added pressure
on back, leg, and neck muscles.
At-home treatments such as ice packs relieve muscle aches, as do physical aides
such as back braces or wrist wraps, which reduce muscle strain by helping to
hold joints and bones in their proper positions.
Specific exercises designed to increase muscle strength and flexibility may be
prescribed by a doctor or physical therapist. A course of physical therapy will
also educate patients on the importance of employing ergonomic tools, such as
padded chairs and even sharper kitchen knives, in order to reduce muscle strain.
A therapist will also teach proper methods of walking, sitting, lifting and
performing repetitive movement that will prevent future problems. ###
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