Home remedies for muscle pain and strain

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A strain, or pulled muscle, is a painful injury caused when the ligament tissue that connects two or more bones is injured. This problem occurs for different reasons be it because you have put undue pressure on your muscles during normal daily activities, with sudden weight lifting, during sports or also during work tasks.

Muscle damage can tear part or all of the muscle fibers and tendons attached to the muscle. The tearing of the muscle can damage small blood vessels and can cause bleeding, bruising, pain caused by irritation of the nerve endings in the area. If you are experiencing this problem, know that in most cases the tensions are not so serious, but it can limit movement, whether it is when doing physical exercises or getting around.

Home remedies for muscle pain and strain

This type of injury can occur due to a variety of causes, including exercise done the wrong way, accidental injury, lack of blood flow, dehydration, and a lack of minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Muscle strains can occur in any muscle, but are most common in the lower back, neck, shoulder, and hamstring, which is the muscle behind the thigh.

Symptoms of muscle pain 

Muscle tension can cause:

  • mild pain
  • intense pain
  • movement limitation
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Swelling
  • muscle spasms
  • stiffness
  • Weakness

Symptoms of mild to moderate muscle strains usually resolve within a few weeks. On the other hand, if the muscle tension is of a more severe level, it can take months to heal.

Home remedies for muscle pain and strain

If you suffer from muscle pain, you can easily treat the problem at home with simple and inexpensive home remedies that can minimize the problem or eliminate it altogether.

  • ice pack

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Home remedies for muscle pain and strain

After suffering a muscle strain, apply an ice pack immediately on the spot. The cold constricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the affected area. This will minimize swelling in addition to helping to reduce inflammation and pain.

You just need to put some ice cubes inside a bag and then wrap it in a cloth and place it on the affected area for at least 20 minutes on the first day repeating the process every 1 hour, on the next days apply the every 4 hours until you notice an improvement in recovery.

  • rest the muscle 

Home remedies for muscle pain and strain

Give your muscles a rest for at least the first week after you feel the injury. Mainly avoiding movements that increase the level of pain, doing any type of exercise that works the affected muscle can put even more strain on the joint causing increased pain.

But beware, too much rest can make your muscles weaker, prolonging the problem even more. After a week, gradually return to doing exercises that work the affected muscle. But, without exaggeration and always with the accompaniment of a professional.

Wrapping the affected area with an elastic band until the swelling subsides can bring better comfort and firmness. Make sure you don't wrap the area too tightly as this simple act can reduce blood circulation.

  • elevation

Whenever possible, keep the injured muscle elevated above the level of your heart. Lie down and place several pillows under your legs this will maintain good blood circulation.

  • Epsom salt

Epsom salts are made up of magnesium sulfate which is a natural muscle relaxant that helps reduce swelling as well as pain. To enjoy this wonder is simple, just add two spoons of salt to your bath water and then soak the affected area of the body for half an hour.

  • Apple vinegar

Due to the anti-inflammatory and alkalizing properties found in apple cider vinegar, it will reduce inflammation and relieve much of the pain. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the bath with hot water, soak the affected area for half an hour and repeat the process until you notice an improvement in the pain.

  • compress with arnica 

Arnica is a medicinal plant used for centuries, be it to relieve arthritis, reduce fever or relieve injuries, this is all due to the essential oils extracted from its tincture that act as disinfectants and anti-inflammatory to relieve pain. in two ways either by mixing the leaves in a little alcohol or making a homemade arnica ointment to relieve muscle bruises and general pain. In our previous article you will be able to know a little more about the wonders that this plant has in addition to the complete step by step of how to prepare the ointment. See> Arnica: Health Benefits and Properties.

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