This is why your muscles are sore (understanding what your body needs)

We’ve all been there before, whether it’s waking up in the morning with a stiff back, or after lifting some extra weights at the gym, muscle soreness is a common problem everyone will experience at one or more points in their life. Muscle pain typically goes away within a few hours to a few days; that being said, pain lasting up to or greater than a week may be an indicator that there is a different problem, potentially requiring treatment. Let us look into why YOUR muscles are sore and what can be done about the pain and discomfort.

Why are my muscles sore?

There are many reasons your muscles might be sore. A few of the different causes of muscle soreness, here you will find the according treatment for the muscle pain you are experiencing. Muscle pain and physical exercise go hand in hand. Between 8 and 48 hours after a workout, you may begin to experience soreness in the muscles that were used while exercising. This soreness is a sign of your body getting used to the new movement, and should subside within the next few days; though, it is important to keep in mind that too much strain on your muscles may cause more impairment than improvement. Stress is another factor that may lead to muscle soreness. Higher stress levels are associated with poorer quality sleep and heightened cortisol production, which can heighten pain sensitivity and muscle tension; In conjunction, leading to tense and sore muscles. Another form of muscle pain that can be gradual or sudden stems from an injury. Some muscle soreness induced by less serious injuries will resolve itself, while more serious muscular injuries require physiotherapy to recover thoroughly. Further, several medical conditions present with muscle pain including arthritis, thyroid problems, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and countless others. Seeking physiotherapy or other treatments may help manage the pain from these conditions

What kind of pain are you feeling in your muscles?

Getting a cramp in your side while running, waking up sore the day after a particularly intense workout, and twisting your ankle are three different types of pain; let’s take a look at the differences between acute, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), and injury.  Acute muscle pain is described as a burning pain or sensation felt during or directly following a movement or exercise, this is a kind of pain that usually is relieved when the action stops being performed, or soon after.  Acute pain does not usually require therapy.  Where acute pain usually subsides just as fast as it commences, DOMS is a dull muscle pain that presents a more gradual onset and long-lasting duration; it is felt when the muscle is at rest and not in use. Thankfully, this soreness will usually resolve within a few days after symptoms present themselves.  The final kind of pain is as a result of a real trauma to the muscle, or after an operation .  After seeing a physician, and to allow the muscle a complete recovery, aftercare is strongly recommended to avoid re or further injury.  Now let us look at the differing ways to deal with muscle soreness.

Treatments for Muscle Soreness

Delta Physiotherapy and Rehab offer numerous services to aid in resolving and preventing long lasting muscle pain; there is surely a treatment that fits everyone’s unique muscle needs.  Physiotherapy is a great way to accompany and strengthen a healing muscle after surgery or injury.  Massage therapy can accompany other therapy treatments like physiotherapy or acupuncture. The type of massage that will work best for your rehabilitation solely depends on what you are looking to get out of the treatment.  Benefits include relaxation, reduced stress and some massages like a sports massage can even reduce recovery time for select injuries.  Acupuncture is another form of therapy that can help alleviate the deep stress related muscle soreness.  Acupuncture can assist in recovery of several other conditions separate from muscle soreness as well.  This therapy treatment, like massage has a variety of variations that can be tailored to your specific needs.

Now that you know a little bit about what is going on with your muscles, which treatment do you think fits, and works best with your lifestyle?  Contact Delta Physiotherapy and Rehab in Mississauga to set up an appointment and design a personalized therapy strategy aiding in a full recovery.
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