Muscle pain can be due to a number of reasons from a minor post-workout effect to something as serious as a located fibromyalgia or muscular dystrophy. Therefore, chronic muscle pains must not be ignored, especially in children below ten years of age and elderly above 60 years of age. However, minor or acute muscle pains can be treated very easily.
The first thing that hits our head when we are in any sort of physical pain is “Ibuprofen”. Ibuprofen is the most common oral analgesic or pain-killer available in market. Apart from that several other analgesics are available in market. Usually, these are sold as OTC drugs or “Over-the-Counter” drugs which generally does not need a prescription. It is easy to identify an analgesic by it’s name as majority of them have “-profen” suffix to them. However, a common side-effect of several patients after consumption of analgesics is any form of gastro-intestinal problems like a slight diarrhoea or stomach upset. Thus, it is mandatory to take a antiflatulent before consuming food, followed by analgesic. One can also go for certain NSAIDs (Non- Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) like aspirin, naproxen, etc. Another way to ease such discomfort is to apply topical analgesics or pain balms that have menthol. The topical method makes the drug easily accessible to the muscle and works almost instantly. A doctor once suggested that after using a pain balm if we blow dry the region with a hair-dryer, it helps better absorption of the drug by our skin pores. If you don’t have a hair-dryer perhaps a hot bag will help give the relief. Several allopathy medicines also work as analgesics but they seldom give any sort of instant relief. Some people go for hot baths in order to relax their muscles while other give it a cold- wrap or ice-wrap treatment to ease away the pain. These are called hot and cold compress, respectively. Still others prefer stretching in the opposite direction of the pain to destress. One non-conventional method to ease pain is through the Japanese technique of pseudoscience called Reiki but this is not very popular and can sometimes be expensive. So are Acupuncture and Acupressure that also claim to relief pain.
More often several homemade remedies truly work to alleviate muscle pain. Drinking hot milk with turmeric powder truly helps reduce any form of muscle pain. Researchers have isolated the compound of interest from turmeric called “Curcumin” which is currently available in several pain balms. A good massage with any oil like eucalyptus, camomile, peppermint, thyme, etc. can help relieve the pain. Some even say that a glass of red cherry or any berries juice helps mediate muscle pains or soreness. A protein rich diet containing pulses, fish or egg can help to recharge the muscles in case they ran out of necessary oxygen levels due to exhaustion. A regular vitamin C and protein rich diet must be taken by all in order to prevent muscle pains in future. Despite all the methods if the muscle pain still persists, then one must seek medical help as it might be more than a mere muscle pain and treat it accordingly under the supervision of a professional.