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.