All about muscle pain

Most people at some point in their lives will experience muscle pain. It can involve a small area or be more widespread and can range from mild to very painful!

What causes muscle pain?

Muscle pain can be caused by a number of things. The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries. This type of pain is usually localized, affecting just a few muscles or a small part of your body.1

Although these are the most common causes, some conditions can cause muscle aches including2:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Infections like the flu
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Who can get muscle pain?

Everyone of all ages can experience muscle pain. When you try a new activity or change your exercise routine you may experience ‘delayed-onset muscle soreness’ (DOMS).3


How to treat muscle pain

Muscle pain can usually be treated at home with some home remedies.

  • Rest the area of your body that is hurting
  • Take over the counter pain relief like ibuprofen
  • Apply ice to the affected area (You should use ice for 1 to 3 days following a strain or sprain, and apply heat for any pain that remains after 3 days.)2

How long does muscle pain last?

The NHS says that muscle pain caused by DOMS should only last for 3 to 5 days, with the worst of the pain being in the first 1 to 2 days after exercise.4

How can I avoid muscle pain?

When starting a new exercise routine begin gently and gradually. This will allow your muscles time to adapt to new movements and minimize soreness.

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