Muscle pain is a daily struggle for many, but most do not know what to do to alleviate their symptoms. There is actually quite a bit you can do to get your body functioning and feeling normal again. Foggiare Wellness Centers have Largo and Boca Raton wellness treatments designed specifically to help combat muscle soreness and fatigue. Take a look at how we do this, and we will also shed some light on the steps you can take at home to feel your best.
Causes of Muscle Pain
Tearing and Swelling
One of the most common causes of muscle pain is delayed onset muscle soreness that results from an active lifestyle. Micro tears and lactic build-up cause your muscles to swell and you experience pain.
If you are not providing your body with adequate nutrition, a deficiency may be responsible for your discomfort. Low levels of Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Magnesium, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Calcium are commonly known to cause muscle pain. Similarly, Dehydration can prevent your muscles from operating optimally and cause cramps or chronic pain.
Think of the last time you were involved in a stressful situation or were met with unpleasant news. How did you respond physically? Most likely, you scrunch your forehead, clenched your jaw and fists, and curled your toes. We have the natural inclination to tense when stressed. This is usually not too much of a problem. However, if you are experiencing chronic stress, this constant tension may lead to lasting muscle pain.
What You Can Do At Home
Water and Vitamins
Drinking plenty of water and eating a varied diet is a great place to start. For some, being mindful of these things is enough to provide your body with everything it needs. However, due to your lifestyle, location, or genetics, it may be difficult to get a steady supply of every mineral and vitamin necessary. If you find yourself consistently lacking in certain areas, it may be worth talking to your healthcare provider about a daily supplement regimen.
Stretch and Foam Roll
After or before physical activity, take the time to warm up or cool down with a stretching routine. Hold your stretches for at least 20 seconds each to receive the maximum benefits. Some muscle pains are too deep or intense to be remedied by stretching alone and you may need to foam roll these areas. However, we always recommend learning how to properly roll from a trainer or physical therapist to avoid accidentally causing further damage.
Conscious Muscle Relaxation
Take the time each day, multiple times a day if needed, to consciously relax each one of your muscle groups. Start from your forehead and work all the way down to your toes. You can, after some time and a bit of discipline, retrain your body to default to a relaxed state. This can almost immediately provide relief for some, especially those who suffer from tension headaches.
Listen to your body
Many people get excited when they begin to see the result of their workout sessions. A common problem we see is overexertion. While pushing your body to its limits can give you a great workout, you can easily push your body far past its limits if you are impatient or not paying attention to the signals it is sending you. Always discuss your exercise plan with a health professional, be sure to accommodate any injuries, and take things slow!
How Can Foggiare Help?
All of the tips above are a wonderful jumping-off point. However, the onus should not be completely on you to relieve muscle pain. Often there are underlying injuries or genetics that make it near impossible to shake certain muscle soreness. This is where our Largo and Boca Raton wellness treatments can do wonders. Our Be-Well and Be-Active treatment plans in particular are great for those experiencing muscle pain. One of the major tools we use to combat chronic pain is infrared light. This completely safe and painless form of light increases blood circulation, delivering valuable oxygen to the muscles. Infrared, in addition to some of our other therapies, also helps motivate the lymphatic system to drain metabolic wastes from your cells more efficiently. All of this results in a reduction in pain and improved muscle healing ability.
If you are experiencing cramps, spasms, or chronic muscle discomfort, you do not have to suffer in silence. There are practical steps you can take with the help of Foggiare Wellness Center to improve your overall health and quality of life. Contact our Largo or Boca Raton locations to hear about our new client offer and book a consultation!