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Causes of Muscle Pain

Muscle pain (or myalgia) is very common. The most common cause of muscle pain or muscle aches is overuse, often caused by too much physical activity, however this is not always the case. Other causes of muscle pain include tension in specific parts of the body, injuries (for example pulling the muscle), or not warming up properly before sports. Muscle pain is especially common in those who are more physically active. (1)

Often, muscle pain can be treated at home. Some ways that you can help to reduce muscular pain at home are;

  • Applying ice to the area to help reduce inflammation
  • Resting as much as possible
  • Taking over the counter medication such as ibuprofen
  • Gently stretching the muscle

There are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of muscular pain or injury.(2) For example, making sure your shoes are supportive, you may find it helpful to invest in some cushioned inserts for your trainers.

Staying hydrated is also very important, because it helps to keep cartilage soft and pliable. Water takes up two thirds of your body and many people become dehydrated when not drinking enough fluids. Athletes lose a large amount of body fluids through sweat when exercising, meaning they may be at risk of becoming dehydrated more easily than those who exercise less.(3) When you are dehydrated, your body begins to pull fluids out of your body tissue, which in turn causes aches and pains.(4)

When exercising, remember to warm up before and cool down after. You may also want to consider heat therapy after exercising. For example, taking a hot bath or applying warm towels to your muscles.(5)

If you are concerned about muscular pain, you should ask a doctor or pharmacist for medical advice.

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