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HELP FOR MUSCLE PAIN AT STATE 11 SOFT TISSUE THERAPY IN SPALDING, LINCOLNSHIRE.

If you're struggling with muscle aches or pains, you'll know how it can be painful, distressing, and stop you doing what you want to do; whether that's going to work or your favourite sport. At State 11, we specialise in helping people with muscle pain so they can get back to living their lives again. 

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UNDERSTANDING MUSCLE PAIN, HOME TREATMENTS AND HOW SPECIALIST HELP AT STATE 11 CAN HELP YOUR RECOVERY

Content written by Greg Pritchard, RAPID NeuroFascial Reset Specialist, BTEC L5 Soft Tissue Therapy (CSSM), MFHT

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Muscle pain, also known as myalgia, is a common condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level; if you have muscles, you can have muscle pain!

 

As pain and injury specialists, we regularly treat muscle pain at State 11 Soft Tissue Therapy in Spalding. 


Muscle pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, and can affect a specific area (like the calf muscles) or larger groups of connected muscles (such as the entire back).

Sometimes it is possible to identify a cause for the pain - such as a strenuous workout or a busy day doing DIY - but other times it can seem to come from nowhere. When muscle pain linked to a recent intensive physical effort is referred to as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). 

Regardless of how it's been caused, muscle pain can range from mild to severe and can be localised to a specific area or widespread across different muscle groups. 

WHAT CAUSES MUSCLE PAIN?

There are four main causes for muscle pain. 

  1. Overuse and Strain: Engaging in physical activities that you're not used to can cause muscle soreness. This is common in athletes, gym-goers and anyone who has an intensive bout of exercise or movement after a prolonged period of sedentary behaviour. 
     

  2. Injury: Sudden, acute, injuries, such as sprains or strains, can lead to immediate muscle pain. This type of pain often results from accidents or improper use of muscles.
     

  3. Tension and Stress: Psychological stress can cause muscle tension, particularly in the neck, shoulders, and back, as people struggling with stress will often adopt hunched postures for a prolonged period of time without much movement. This type of muscle pain is often associated with stress-related problems and health issues.
     

  4. Medical Conditions: Chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, infections, and autoimmune diseases can also cause persistent muscle pain. People can often feel muscle pain when they have a cold or 'flu infection. 

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HOME REMEDIES AND TREATMENT FOR MUSCLE PAIN

For most instances of muscle pain, home treatments can be very effective.

 

  1. Rest and Recover
    Giving your muscles time to heal is crucial. Avoid strenuous activities that can exacerbate the pain. Resting doesn’t necessarily mean complete inactivity (when can often make the soreness worse); gentle movements and light stretching can help maintain flexibility without straining the muscles further. You can read about the medically approved "rest and recover" techniques, known as "Peace And Love" here. 
     

  2. Heat Therapy
    ​Muscle pain often causes inflammation, which is part of the healing process. After any initial inflammation has subsided, heat therapy can help relax and soothe sore muscles. Use a heating pad or warm towel for 15-20 minutes. Warm baths and showers can also be beneficial, especially when combined with the use of an arnica bath soak or shower gel. 
     

  3. Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
    If you're considering taking medications, please make sure that they're suitable for you and any pre-existing health conditions you may have. Anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen) is often recommended, but as inflammation is part of the healing process, using anti-inflammatories will end up slowing down healing. Non-anti-inflammatory medication can reduce discomfort whilst not reducing inflammation. 
     

  4. Gentle Stretching and Exercise
    Light stretching exercises can help reduce muscle tension and improve flexibility. Activities like yoga and tai chi are particularly beneficial for managing muscle pain. Engaging in regular, low-impact exercise helps keep the muscles active and prevents stiffness. This is part of the "Peace And Love" approach, which you can read about here. 
     

  5. Massage Therapy
    Massaging the affected muscles can improve blood flow and reduce tension. Self-massage can be carried out by at home with hands, or a foam roller, or a massage gun (if you choose to use a massage gun, please make sure you follow the instructions in relation to where on the body it can be used).
     

  6. Hydration and Nutrition
    Staying hydrated is crucial for muscle health. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps and increased pain. Make sure to drink plenty of water, especially after exercise. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can support muscle recovery.

WHEN TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR MUSCLE PAIN

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Some muscle pain will get better without any treatment after around twelve weeks (three months).

If you have tried home remedies like applying heat, following the "Peace And Love" approach, but you're not getting enough improvement, or change isn't happening quickly enough, you may decide to seek out professional help. 

GPs can generally offer stronger, prescription only painkillers (although if these are anti-inflammatory based, they can slow healing), although these will often come with side effects that may make taking them difficult. 

GPs can also refer patients to NHS physio services, where you may be prescribed exercises or receive other therapy depending on local protocols. 

You can also seek private help, like us here at State 11. We use hands-on therapies, including RAPID NeuroFascial Reset, sports massage, cupping and kinesiology taping to help deal with muscle pain and muscle soreness and promote a faster recovery. 

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
REAL REVIEWS FROM PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

Fiona says:

After a single session working on my lower back (after sciatica) I was already feeling loads better but then I had a follow up appointment a week later and the next day, after a 4.5 hour drive, I walked 25 miles through the West Country hills. Add walking poles and a decent pair of boots to Greg's healing hands and now I feel invincible.

Alicia says:

Absolutely amazing service. I had an awfully painful lower back and visited State 11 yesterday and it's feeling so much better already. Very friendly and welcoming and Greg is great at his job and funny too. 

Emma says:

OMG I can't recommend these guys enough folks they are just fab in every way. Don't get me wrong, my treatment to my back absolutely killed but I'm sort of pain free if you discount the sore bruised feeling which is already disappearing and then on top of that they gave me fab advice on my menopause and hopefully the doctor will follow it and get me sorted on that too!!

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