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In this article we will take a look at the most common causes of muscle pain and how it can be alleviated and diminished. After this analysis, you will be able to find answers to your questions.

How does chronic stress or neurosis affect muscle tension?

Stress can be both emotional and physical. Physical stress occurs during physical activity, such as when a person carries groceries home from the supermarket or lifts a bottle to put water on it. In these cases, the muscular system tenses to carry out the activity and once it is finished, it relaxes.

With emotional stress, the exact same process occurs as with physical stress: the muscle tightens as if it were carrying out a physical activity. However, in this case the muscles are tense due to external stimuli that we perceive or by thoughts that generate frustration, anger or nerves.

In both cases, stress forms a natural biological response that, in its proper measure, is necessary, healthy and has helped us survive for thousands of years.

However, when this state of tension is maintained for a long period of time, a series of ailments associated with chronic stress are triggered. The tension affects the muscle itself (pains, persistent contractures and spasms) and even the nervous system.

The muscles of the neck, shoulders and back are often the most affected by chronic stress.

What type of muscle discomfort does dehydration cause?

We are sure that each of you, at least once in your life, has experienced such an unpleasant phenomenon as cramps. These usually appear in twins and can wake you up at night due to muscle spasm, triggering intense and sharp pain.

But why do we feel cramps?

One of the reasons is dehydration. Lack of water slows blood flow and drains fluid from muscles to support vital organs, most important to the heart and brain.

But do not worry, despite being very painful, these muscle spasms do not usually have relevant consequences. Just make sure you drink about 1-1.5 liters of water throughout the day.

How does lack of sleep affect the muscles?

If you feel fatigue, tiredness, body aches, and muscle aches in the morning, you may have fibromyalgia.

British scientists say that 15% from women and 10% from men over 50 notice similar pain in muscles and joints after sleeping.

Experts from the UK Center for Arthritis Studies in Staffordshire believe that the ailment appears precisely because of lack of sleep.

By the way, in addition to muscle pain, patients complain of mood swings, fatigue, poor concentration, cramps, and indeed trouble sleeping.

Chronic fatigue syndrome and muscle pain.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a problem associated with people who live in large cities and who suffer from mental and physical fatigue. With chronic fatigue, the muscles suffer from a lack of actin and myosin (proteins that stimulate muscle contraction).

Muscle pain occurs because lactic acid builds up in the muscles. Because of this, you can literally feel the body ache, the muscles lose their tone and stop contracting normally. Pain in muscles throughout the body with chronic fatigue syndrome also causes a constant lack of sleep.

Muscle pain from COVID-19, flu, or cold.

When a person is sick with the flu, cold, or Coronavirus, dead cell particles, viruses and their waste products quickly accumulate in your body. Therefore, the main reason for feeling bad when you are sick is toxins. They cause muscle and joint pain, drowsiness, weakness, and headache.

Coronavirus muscle pain is associated with impaired capillary blood flow. If you are sick and have muscle pain, do not take pain relievers to avoid stressing the liver and kidneys. 

Muscle symptoms when you are deficient in vitamin D.

Vitamin D helps muscles work properly. So if you feel that your muscles ache or ache for no reason, evaluate if your diet contains enough vitamin D.

When this vitamin enters muscle cells, the frequency of contractions increases, they become more elastic and resistant to breakage and damage. The most common muscle symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are cramps, numbness, tingling, spasms, and muscle pain.

How does anemia affect the muscles?

Anemia is the lack of hemoglobin in the body, that is, lack of oxygen in the blood. Our muscles work actively only if they are well supplied with oxygen. Its lack makes the muscles less elastic, they recover more slowly after an effort and they hurt.

Muscle aches with rheumatoid arthritis.

As arthritis progresses, the person experiences joint and muscle pain. Joint and muscle pain is usually constant and intense, especially at night. Because of this, it can be difficult to "stretch" the joints in the morning, as their movements may be restricted.

About 90% of arthritis cases appear on the hands. If the treatment is started late, the wrists and phalanges of the patients are deformed and the corresponding muscles atrophy.

Hypothyroidism and muscle pain.

Hypothyroidism is a lack of thyroid hormones. In addition to rapid fatigue, dry skin, sensitivity to cold, bloating, and a bit of excess weight. People with this diagnosis have muscle pain and weakness. Usually, it is the swelling that causes the muscle pain.

How does multiple sclerosis affect the muscles?

It is an autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system in which the tissue around nerve cells is destroyed. Because of this, the nervous system cannot transmit impulses correctly. As a consequence, the person experiences tingling, muscle pain and other discomfort, which greatly reduces the quality of life. Generally, people with multiple sclerosis have trouble walking.

How can muscle pain be relieved?

1. If you don't move a lot, go for a walk. Even walking for 30 minutes can reduce pain.

2. Do yoga: the back loves stretching.

3. Stress causes a lot of muscle tension, so practice relaxation and meditation.

4. Always maintain the correct posture.

5. Swimming is very helpful in strengthening the back and relieving pain.

6. Go do some chiromassage sessions.

7. If you work in front of the computer all day, do not forget to get up from the table and do stretches from time to time.

¿How to relieve muscle pain?

Movement, good rest, proper nutrition and chiromassage: these are the main secrets to living without muscle pain. Start changing your habits and perhaps in a couple of weeks you will wake up without the low back pain that has plagued you for the past few months.

Take some time for yourself: 10 minutes of gymnastics, a warm sea salt bath, some sessions of decontracting massages, a walk in the fresh air. 

Let's live without pain!

In our chiromassage center Barcelona Lorem Massage & Wellness we can offer you therapeutic massages to solve problems of overload, tension and muscle pain.

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