The aches experienced in ankle joint muscles, bones, ligaments or tendons - basically wherever the muscles and skeleton meet are known as musculoskeletal pains.
They can occur anywhere in the body, oftentimes too regularly.
They can, however, take a worse face if there is an underlying condition of arthritis or tunnel syndrome.
The different types of musculoskeletal pains are as follows:
Muscles pain: The soft tissues connecting bones to each other might lose their elasticity or get damaged over time.
Bone pain: Occurs when the bones get damaged due to any injury or trauma, ageing, toxins etc.
Joint pains: Joints are made up of both muscles and bones, and pain in them occurs when any injury happens.
Ligaments/tendon pain: The tissue network keeping together the entire musculoskeletal system. Pain in these occurs due to repetitive trauma, lack of workout, or any deficiency.
Musculoskeletal pains are something most of us would face sometime or the other in our life, by following a few basic tips and keeping in mind a few things, we can easily eliminate the pain and work towards building a healthy mind and body.
Signs Associated with Musculoskeletal Pains
Musculoskeletal pains can be different as they vary from muscle to muscle joint or bone to muscle joint.
They can either be reduced or triggered due to interactions between hard and soft tissues.
These pains may occur singularly or be accompanied with either of the following issues:
Involuntary movement: Twitching is common with damaged muscles.
Uneasiness: Restlessness is often associated with pain especially at night, thereby hindering sleep.
Burning sensation: There is often a feeling of numbness in the muscles, here it might become difficult to move them beyond a point. Sharp pain appears in these cases too.
Exhaustion: The person feels too physically drained as recurring pains snatch all the energy from the muscles.
Supporting Culprits of Musculoskeletal Pains
It is common for the causes of painful joints and muscles to be external factors like environment or accidents.
However, poor diet choices or sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to these issues.
Few other factors that contribute to the musculoskeletal pains are:
Repetition of pain causing activities: Long exhausting working hours, traumatic conditions or anything of similar nature might weaken the joints to a great extent causing the pain to persist.
Arthritis: As we are all aware arthritis hampers the bone and muscle strength. It weakens their ability to work or move for longer extents.
Fractures: Bone fracture or dislocations are other contributing factors to musculoskeletal pains which can be very troublesome.
Incorrect posture: When there is unequal distribution of weight on both the legs, it can hamper the bone health in the long run giving way to pain. It might also cause prolonged deformity if not corrected in time.
Treatment of Musculoskeletal Pains
Massage: Massaging gently on the affected area or even acupuncture can help to provide some relief from the pain by stimulating the natural healing process of the body. These, however, are not permanent sources of relief.
Chemical medications: A very common source of pain relief. Medications can be helpful to block the pain-causing enzymes from the body. Should be repeated as required for extended effects.
Physiotherapy: It is a common alternative to muscles in knee flexion and limbs. It does not provide complete relief from the pain but still helps.
Steroids: Injections in the form of steroids are said to help with the musculoskeletal pains as well. They provide immediate relief from stiff, aching or painful joints but are too expensive to be used on a regular basis.
Ayurvedic treatment: Yoga, diet, and lifestyle changes go a long way to help provide relief from the pains and provide relaxation. It helps the muscles and bones to relieve from the pain.
It has emerged as a cost effective and efficient alternative to allopathy as it provides lifelong benefits with no side effects. Has many easy to follow remedies for all age groups.
Reducing Musculoskeletal Pain in Critical Times
Massage: Oils like ksheerabala oil or even coconut oil applied in gentle circular motions on the affected area can help aching muscles to provide relief from the pain.
Elevation of affected area: Keeping the painful area over a soft pillow and stopping all movements to rest is said to help.
Cooling it out: Remaining stress free contributes a lot to the therapy of aching joints. The prescribed supplements should be taken on time. Along with mild exercises, long breaths, and light walking should help with the pain.
Hot/cold packs: In painful conditions, hot or cool packs help. Fill hot water in a bag or wrap some ice cubes in a towel, keep it on the affected area for some time. They will ease blood flow or constrict the nerves respectively, both working to ease the pain.
Food is the cure: Dietary and Lifestyle Changes to Ease Pain
Exercise: Mild workouts approved by the doctors are said to help as they ease blood flow and improve circulation in the body, thereby providing pain relief. They also relieve stiff muscles and joints.
Hydration: Drinking at least 2 liters of water per day not only helps to keep the toxins out of the body but also helps with keeping the musculoskeletal system in the best of health.
Abstaining from alcohol: They are big time culprits when it comes to joint health. Both of these should be avoided so as to maintain a healthy muscle function.
Changing the working style: Activities of repetitive nature like bending knees, typing or bending shoulders are best avoided as they lead to damaging the tissues of the skeletal structures.
Solution to All Problems: Ayurvedic Remedies
Guggulu: A herb rich in antioxidants, lowers down the inflammation of affected tissues and reduces the damage extent.
Ashwagandha: The herbal solution to almost all remedies for painful joints and muscles. It is rich in calcium that increases bone and muscle density reducing the pain.
Bala: Acts as a powerful tonic for joint muscles, soothing and promoting joint health. Increases mobility and reduces the muscle response time.
Rasna: It helps to numb the nerve that is causing the pain, to ultimately relieve the pain from the joints. Balances the Vata to reduce the musculoskeletal disorders.
Dasamoola: As the name suggests, it's made from a formulation of 10 different herbs that makes it a strong painkiller, extremely useful in treatment of frozen muscles in shoulders and legs.
The Key to All Locks: Yoga
An age old exercise technique to relieve pain and promote overall health of the body. It helps in strengthening and refreshing the musculoskeletal system by stretching the soft tissues.
Various poses that help ease the pain are:
Extended triangle pose: It strengthens 5 essential points of the body namely waist, groin, spine, wrist and muscles of the elbow. It’s also extremely beneficial in eliminating anxiety and stress.
Two knee spinal twists: Helps with relaxation of the stiff back muscles and increases angle of movements. It also reduces the pain.
Downward facing dog: This posture helps in stretching of the frozen shoulder muscles affected by pain. Helps to correct body posture too, by working on the back muscles.
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