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The Causes of Muscle Pain

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Many of us will, during our lifetime, experience discomfort from muscle pain, and there are a number of reasons why this may come about. Muscle pain often accompanies joint pain, another cause of suffering that we find all too common these days. Let’s look at the causes of joint pain, and why it may come about.

Muscle pain can occur as a result of arthritis, the most common cause of joint pain in humans. The accompanying muscle pain can result thanks to the extra stress placed upon the muscles when movement is restricted, as it often is when arthritis attacks.

Arthritis occurs in three types; rheumatoid arthritis is that which occurs when the thin friction-reducing covering that coats the bones in the joints degenerates, while Osteoarthritis is a similar condition that results from disintegration of the cartilage, also a vital component in aiding joint movement. The final version is post traumatic arthritis, which comes about as a result of accident in which the bones fail to heal correctly.

Pain from all of these can exert in both the bones and the muscles, and can be quite severe in many cases. Living with such pain is a requirement that arthritis sufferers must be prepared to handle as, at the moment, there are no known cures for arthritis.

Muscle pain is not only caused by arthritis, but can come about as a result of strains and sprains or even over-exertion; however, it is common practice to prescribe exercise for sufferers, as both joints and muscles are designed to move, and under-use can lead to exaggeration of the problem.

There are treatments that lead to a better standard of living for the sufferer of arthritis related joint and muscle pain, and along with regular light exercise these can include medications that provide the required relief of pain, along with lubrication of the joints, protection of the cartilage and enhancement of circulation in muscles, something that is greatly beneficial in terms of looking after pain relief.

These treatments also lead to a slowing down in the onset of osteoarthritis, a disease that affects - more than usually - people over the age of 50, and thus reduces the likelihood of suffering a severe case.

Given that a cure is unknown, pain management is the primary aim of any treatment regime for joint and muscle pain, and successful pain management is essential to give the sufferer a decent standard of living. A great proportion of us will suffer from joint and muscle related pain in our lifetime, and while a cure is still not forthcoming we can only rely upon the treatments that approach pain management successfully, as without such our movement will be severely restricted beyond necessary levels.

As medical research continues there will be better and more active treatments that come to the fore, but for now we must use those available to enhance the management of pain as best we can.

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Exercise To Beat the Pain

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Chronic pain can occur in any of us, and can be caused by many different factors. Indeed, arthritis is one of the more common causes of chronic joint pain - for which there is no known cure - and will affect one in five of us during our lifetime. However, it is sometimes a surprise to sufferers that regular and sensible exercise can be a great way of helping one manage chronic pain, particularly that resulting from joint degeneration.

What must be remembered about arthritis is that it limits movement by destroying the make up of the joints; therefore it follows that helping the joints to move will go at least some way to aiding the problem.

It does, too, and one recommended routine is to carry out a series of simple and non-strenuous exercises first thing in the morning. The simplest of these involves simply bringing ones knees up to the chest a few times; it need not be done quickly, just a few times on getting up. This helps the knees and hips to keep mobile.

This, and such as raising ones legs a few times, will increase the blood flow in the areas concerned; this is a vital component in attacking chronic pain as blood flow is essential to keeping the muscles conditioned. If one lets chronic pain limit movement too much the muscles will not get the daily work out they need, and the pain will simply increase.

The emphasis in these exercises - any stretching will suffice - is on flexibility, as it is this that we are aiming to increase.

Cycling is another good exercise for aiding chronic pain, particularly that in the knees; whether on a stationary bicycle or out in the open a short ride every now and then is likely to help with the pain, but it is vital - in all cases of chronic pain - not to overdo the action too much.

Walking on a regular basis is often recommended for chronic pain sufferers, as the body is designed to walk and joints will benefit by being asked to move. It is important, however, to make sure one has adequate and correctly fitting shoes, as ill fitted footwear can lead to problems with posture and incorrect movement of the already suffering muscles.

It may seem to be a paradox that exercise is recommended as an antidote to chronic joint pain, but the truth is that keeping joints and muscles doing what they were designed to do is essential in order to alleviate further degeneration of the cartilage and the joint.

A regular and lightweight exercise regime, short walks on a frequent basis, and other exercise - cycling, swimming and morning exercises - all help in the fight against living with chronic pain; it is not something that will just go away one day, and needs regular maintenance to manage. The above tips should go some way to helping the sufferer to a better standard of living.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917