The Basic Facts of Muscle Pain
Everybody is bound to experience muscle pain whether in the back or neck at some point in life. There could be a myriad of reasons for muscle pain ranging from awkward sleeping or sitting positions, a fall, heavy lifting, injury, pregnancy, obesity, spinal misalignment or neuropathy.
Exercises are among some of the best strategies to lessen back and neck pain. Lower back muscle pain is something you must take seriously, though it's not generally a life threatening issue. Back muscle pains can become acute if left untreated or if the root cause is not properly addressed. It bears noting that muscles will try to contract in order to protect against tearing. For those with sedentary lifestyles it's not uncommon for muscles to become stiff which is why some form of stretching is highly recommended.
When speaking about pregnancy it's easy to understand why the compression on the rib cage and back due to the extra weight create strain on the back. There are special body pillows on the market designed for pregnant women that promise support and relief. Most women who do experience back pain during pregnancy report it at the fifth or sixth month mark. Once the baby is delivered this pain usually subsides.
People search out several solutions to get relief. Acupuncture, chiropractor visits, massages, lotions, electrical stimulation units, and herbal supplements are touted as solutions by many back and neck pain sufferers. All of these promise to reduce inflammation which in turn helps to reduce pain and discomfort. Additionally, heat is also used when inflammation is reduced to further lessen muscular pain, hence the popularity of heating pads and hot water bottles.
It's important to acknowledge that when muscles are tense, they're more inclined to become injured. If you try to self-diagnose your pain, you might end up doing more damage than good if you're not careful. A physical therapist may offer guidance to help determine the cause of your pain.
What's The Difference Between Nerve Pain And Muscle Pain?
Nerve pain will usually create numbness, burning, itching, tingling, and/or swelling sensations as opposed to muscle pain that is usually identified by throbbing pain or discomfort. As a general rule of thumb, nerve pain is most pronouced on the extremities, where muscle pain is generally felt around the joints (and muscles).
Muscle Pain Can Be Conquered
In order to narrow down the causes of your back pain it's critical to properly identify where the source of the pain actually begins. And you'll need to assess the intensity levels of the pain throughout the day. Finding the source and treating it can bring significant pain relief. Hip joint pain can be overwhelming but you'll need to isolate whether it's muscular pain or arthritic pain. Sometimes back pain can be so intense that people will have to call in sick to work. Additionally, when speaking of back pain it's important to know if it's actual back pain or sciatica, which can manifest in the lower back.
Simple Remedies For Back Pain
Some folks do report relief even if only temporary when they soak in a very hot bath with epsom salt, magnesium sulfate. Most people add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to hot water and soak for 15 minutes or more. The minerals in Epsom Salt are proven to reduce swelling and inflammation often providing some measure of relief.
Others report that they are able to get quality relief from back and neck pain with a massage that incorporates peanut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil. In fact, Edgar Cayce the most documented psychic of all time often recommended peanut oil rubs to bring down inflammation and to provide arthritis relief. He furthermore stated that a monthly massage with peanut oil would keep arthritis away from any body.
Additionally, some people also report wonders with diatomaceous earth. This white gritty powder is made from fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. It's touted by many as a wonder supplement that helps to eradicate free radicals, parasites, viruses, and more. It is known to help the body improve its use of calcium while help to improve the bone mineralization which can help with joint pain.
After reading some testimonials about the miracles reported by back pain sufferers I decided to buy some to test it out for my father. I started with one teaspoon in a glass of water and while he complained that the texture was a bit gritty he drank it. Then he started increasing the dosage on his own until he got to one full tablespoon in a glass of home made v8 juice and he was able to reach over and touch his toes. For a 68 year old man who suffered with back pain this was a miracle!
Weight loss can also help lessen back pain. It's said that every pound of weight is equal to five pounds of pressure on the spine. Obesity can definitely lead to back pain. It's no mystery that people who are obese have a hard time exercising and stretching which means that they may have a harder time overcoming their pain.
Electrical stimulation units are also touted as being very beneficial for those who suffer with pain. There are two different kinds of these units, TENS units or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and NMES units or neuro-muscular electrical nerve stimulation. These target different nerve groups in the body.
TENS units specifically target sensory nerves, these are the ones that send pain signals to the brain whereas NMES units target the muscles through the motor nerves. NEMS machines create muscle contractions which help rebuild muscles to aid recovery. Since sensory and motor nerves fire at different frequencies, NMES and TENS machines affect the body quite differently.
Muscle Pain Common Causes
I'm sure you've heard people recommend that you “lift with your knees” and not with your back. This is critical advice that far too many don't heed. If you're not accustomed to lifting heavy objects and you use your back you'll be prone to developing back pain and in some cases muscle spasms. Pulling on a muscle is one of the most common causes that leads to back pain and/or neck pain. Many people report that the intensity of the pain becomes magnified when they bend down or bend over.
For those who have numbness, tingling, muscle twitching or spasms it's highly recommended you see a doctor. Gentle stretches and yoga have been proven to help lessen pain and provide greater range of motion.