Treatment for Muscle Pain

Treatment for Muscle Pain

Muscles are present in nearly all parts of our body. Muscle ache or myalgia are extremely common, this type of pain can be felt practically anywhere. Muscle aches and pains are common and can involve more than one muscle. Muscle pain also can involve ligaments, tendons, and fascia.

Muscle pain can be localized to one muscle, a group or diffused, involving multiple muscle groups. Muscle pain due to injury or overuse is most commonly localized to one area.

Some common causes include: 

Muscle tension in one or more areas of the body overusing the muscle during physical activity, Overuse including using a muscle too much, too soon before warming up, or too often

Injury to muscle fibers
Repetitive motions
Lack of activity (such as having a broken arm in a sling)
Injury or trauma, including sprains and strains
Tension or stress

Not all muscle aches are related to stress, tension, and physical activity. Some medical explanations for myalgia include:

Infections, such as the flu, polio, or bacterial infections
Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, dermatomyositis, and polymyositis
Use of certain medications or drugs, such as statins, ACE inhibitors, or cocaine
Thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
Hypokalemia (low potassium)
Chronic exertional compartment syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Influenza (flu) and other viral illness (influenza-like illness)
Lyme disease
Medications, especially the cholesterol medications known as statins
Muscle cramp
Myofascial pain syndrome
Polymyalgia rheumatica
Polymyositis (inflammatory disease that causes muscle weakness)
Repetitive strain injuries
Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Sprains and strains

In Ayurveda we can manage muscle pains through different modalities depending upon the underlying cause. Modalities can be:

1. Oral intake of anti inflammatory, analgesic and strengthening/rejuvenating herbs in the form of tablets/ powder/decoction/ syrup

2. Local application [abhayanga] of medicated oils with anti inflammatory, analgesic, rejuvenating / strengthening properties

3. Steam application [nadi sweda] with decoction of herbs with inflammatory, analgesic, rejuvenating properties

4. Patra pind swedana : fomentation with bolus made with potent herbs and medicated oils

We at ISIC – Belance have a lot of experience and tried out protocols, We have been managing all kinds of muscle pains with great success for over 33 years.

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