Most people suffer from body pains daily. While body aches may be harmless, it is crucial to note that most body pains may be as a result of an underlying medical condition. It is therefore vital to understand the cause of body pain as it will help you seek the appropriate medical attention when necessary.
There are many causes of body pain. While most cases of body pain may be as a result of work and exercises, body aches may also be caused by severe health conditions such as fibromyalgia, infections, lack of sleep, dehydration and even medications!
The following section will cover some of the ways that you can use to treat body aches. Read on and forget those annoying and uncomfortable muscle and joint pains!
- Treating Pain with Home Remedies
Large Amounts of Water
According to research, lack of water or dehydration can lead to a number of adverse health effects including but not limited to body and muscle aches.
Researchers believe that consuming enough amount of water can counter-interact these effects by preventing the muscles from cramping
Soaking in a Hot Water Bath
If the body pain is as a result of a rigorous workout or flu, then soaking in a hot water bath may do the trick.
Studies have shown that warm or hot water can soothe or relax the body muscles, hence relieving the pain.
If you have soaked in a hot water bath and still experiencing the cramps, adding about two cups of Epsom salts may help.
The salts work by giving minerals such as magnesium to your body which may help eliminate the body pains.
Lie Underneath a Heating Pad or Blanket
If a large section of the body is suffering from pain, lying down and covering yourself with a heating pad or blanket may help.
The heating blanket works by relaxing the muscles and cramps causing the pain. This mode of treatment is more effective in eliminating aches as a result of chronic muscle pain, flu or arthritis.
Points to note;
Ø For more targeted pain elimination- for instance, if only the shoulder is aching- apply the heating pad directly on the affected area.
Ø Ensure that the heating pad is set to ‘warm’ and not to ‘hot’ unless you want to scold your skin!
Ø If suffering from chills or fever, do not use a heating blanket.
Rubbing a Blend of Essential or Natural Oils On Aching Joints or Muscles
Some essential oils such as lavender and peppermint oil may be an effective treatment for aching joints and muscles.
According to research, CBD oil can also help eliminate chronic and muscle pain. A number of studies have also shown that CBD oil can help treat several health conditions such as muscle spasms, arthritis, cancer, depression and anxiety. The best thing about CBD oil is that it offers all these medical benefits without causing any severe side effect.
- Exercise or Massage
Your muscles could be aching because of the inflammatory chemicals and toxins that have accumulated in them over time. Deep-tissue massage will not only eliminate these chemicals but also boost the blood flow to the sore and aching joints and muscles. This should help reduce the pain.
Massaging Painful Knots In The Muscles
If you experience painful knots in your muscles, then applying direct pressure on them may help. Use your finger to gently but steadily apply pressure on the knots. This will work by releasing tension in the muscles that may be causing the pain.
If you can’t reach the knots on your back, lie back on a tennis ball and let the ball ‘massage’ the aching area for you. Alternatively, ask a trusted family member or friend for help.
According to research, exercises will not only help treat aching muscles but will also boost your general well-being.
Well-chosen exercises such as tai chi, yoga and jogging may help eliminate the stress that has accumulated in the muscles. Such exercises may also help boost the blood flow in your muscles and joints. This will have an effect of stretching and relaxing your muscles, hence reducing the pain.
However, it is crucial to note that strenuous or tough exercises such as weightlifting may increase the stress in your muscles hence worsening the situation. It is therefore essential that you choose your workout plans carefully to avoid impacting too much pressure on the already aching body muscles.
- Medication and Professional Help
As we have already mentioned, some cases of body pain may be as a result of an underlying medical condition. In such a case, seeking medical and professional help may be paramount.
Here are some of the medication approaches that you may want to consider.
Taking an Over-The-Counter Drug
Some over-the-counter painkillers such as Advil, Tylenol, ibuprofen and Motrin may be useful in eliminating headaches and minor muscle complications.
However, it is important to note that some of these drugs may be addictive and hence essential to seek a doctor’s advice before using them. Taken the drugs and still experiencing the pain? Then maybe it is time you sought for specialized treatment!
Go For a Diagnosis
If experiencing severe pain regularly, then an underlying medical condition may be responsible. However, the good news is that with the right course of action, most of these conditions may be diagnosed and treated.
Let your doctor know any other symptoms that you may be experiencing as this will be key in deciding the types of tests you should undergo. Please note that severe and persistent pain may be as a result of multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. However, the only sure way to determine the condition that you are suffering from is by undergoing a test.
If you have tried everything else and failed, then you may want to consider craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy refers to a healing technique where the practitioner applies gentle, healing touches on the soft tissues, bones and the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the central nervous system.
According to research, gentle touches on the craniosacral system (made up of the fluid and the soft tissues located on the skull) may help release the tension that may be causing the pain.
Researchers believe that most of the central nervous system-related health conditions may be treated using craniosacral therapy. Some of these conditions include neck and back pain, spinal and brain injuries, chronic fatigue, central nervous system disorders and stress.