Muscle pain relief

Muscle pain is something that everyone will experience at times during the course of ones lifetime. Various injuries and illnesses can cause the muscles to ache and be painful. When one exercises it increases the demand for oxygen to the muscle which in turn can cause an accumulation of lactic acid build up in the muscle. This is a very common side effect of exercise when one engages in intense physical workouts. Since muscle pain is so common they way to relieve it is much sought after knowledge. Everyone wants to know a good muscle pain remedy and there are many of them to choose from.

Sore muscles can give a very sharp throbbing pain which can take several days to go away. Immediate muscle pain relief can occur if you know what to do for sore aching muscles. The pain can be due to over use of the muscle which can lead to inflammation of the muscle tissue. To get fast temporary muscle pain relief you can:

1. Use certain over the counter pain killers. OTC medications like ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or even aspirin are good to reduce the inflammation and relieve muscle pain. For extreme muscle pain the person can take prescription medications like Carisoprodol, Cyclobenzaprine, Soma or Skelaxin.

2. Do the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation). This is what the athletes do when they experience muscle pain. Resting the muscles for at least 48 hours and wrapping the area with a cold compress for 20 minutes is advised. Let the muscle rest for about 2 hours before you apply the ice compress. You should also elevate the sore muscles while you rest them if you can. After using the ice cold compress you can then apply a warm moist compress on the sore muscle for 15 to 30 minutes. This method should give muscle pain relief with a single session. Repeat the session for acute muscle pain.

3. Taking a warm bath alone is another way to find immediate muscle pain relief. The warm bath water works to improve the blood circulation around the sore muscles which helps to remove the build up of lactic acid in the muscles. The warm water relaxes the muscles and allows the blood to circulate more freely around them. Relaxing for 15 to 30 minute in a warm bath will do wonders for sore muscles.

4. Massage the muscle. A massage of the sore muscle area is another way to find quick muscle pain relief. Using herbal oils for the massage will give the desired muscle pain relief. Castor oil or olive oil is the best to use for a massage to relieve sore muscles. As the muscles are massaged it will break up and relive the build up of lactic acid in the muscles. Circulation to the muscle is improved during the massage which carries away the lactic acid.

5. Use Emu Oil. Emu oil is also good to use for muscle pain relief as it will relax the muscle and is quickly absorbed into the skin. Some people also use products containing menthol on sore muscles.

6. Using heating pads can help relieve the soreness. The warmth can help soothe and relax sore muscles.

7. MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is used to help reduce the inflammation in muscles. MSM can help the cell wall be more permeable so that the lactic acid can be released more easily.

8. Use Arthro-Pain cream at night if your sore muscles are keeping you awake. It is odorless and will not stain clothing or linen. This cream releases nutrients that are readily absorbed in the body to detoxify the sore muscles.

9. Use a prescription muscle relaxant. Muscle relaxants, like Soma for instance, can help lesson muscle spasm and relive pain from sore muscles. You will need a prescription from your medical doctor for muscle relaxants however.

Last updated on Aug 18th, 2010 and filed under Musculoskeletal Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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