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Muscle aches are also known as myalgia. The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries.
As per Ayurveda, Vata imbalance located in your muscles, tendons and ligaments will cause pains and aches. Vata imbalance occurs due to over exertion, excessive and continuous intake of bitter-spicy-astringent food, keeping awake at nights, mental stress, avoidance or over intake of food, suppression of urges etc. Vata also imbalance in dry and hot climatic conditions. Marma are vital points throughout the body particularly seen at your joints. Injury to these vital points can also cause a sudden onset of significant pain, bruising, severe swelling, and restricted movement. Homeopathic medicines like Rhustox, Cimicufuga, Ruta, Rufa, Arnica gives immediate results; Calc Flour, Ferrum-met etc are given for chronic cases. Unani medicine considers the stagnation of Dam (Blood), Belgum (Phlegm) precipitated in the tendons and ligaments causes stiff joints and painful muscles. Medicines are prescribed to balance the humors; commonly suggested medicines are Sooran jan, affyoon, and gule surkh.
Upanaham - Bandage with Ayurvedic oils and Herbal pastes
Kizhi - Application of warm herbal compress are done in chronic conditions
Janu / Greeva vasthy - Retention of oil with the aid of specially fitted caps
Ekanga Dhara - drizzling of medicated oil on the affected area
Virechanam & Vasthy - Purgation therapy and Enema
Nasya - Medicated nasal drops are very effective in shoulder & neck pains
Hijama (Wet cupping) and Dry cupping
Frozen Shoulder can occur after an injury or prolonged movement restriction. Frozen shoulder begin gradually as a painful shoulder, worsen over time (frozen stage) and then resolve (thrawing stage) within one or two years. Impingement Syndrome occurs when there is impinge of tendons from bones of the shoulder. Repeated overhead activity of the shoulder - painting, lifting, swimming, tennis are risk factors of shoulder impingement.
Tennis Elbow is an overuse and muscle strain injury. Tennis players, plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers are prone to develop Tennis Elbow. You may feel pain on outside of your elbow while shake hands, turn a doorknob, hold a coffee cup, carry weight or while laundry your clothes. Golfers elbow occurs similar to tennis elbow which occurs on the inside of your elbow.
Over exertion, poorly fitting footwear and excess weight can cause pain and inflammation on the soles - called Plantar Fascitis. Calcaneal Spur is a small bony projection that is formed on the heel bone caused by putting too much pressure on the feet, usually over a long period.
Collateral and Cruciate Ligament injuries are very painful and can unstable the knee joint. The meniscus is a tough, rubbery cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your shinbone and thighbone. It can be torn if you suddenly twist your knee while bearing weight on it. Runners, skiers, cyclists, soccer and basketball players and those involved in jumping sports are prone to develop Patellar tendinitis and other knee injuries.
Ankle pain is caused by sudden twisting injuries that result in sprains.
Patients experience pain on specific points at back of the head, between shoulder blades, top of shoulders, front sides of neck, upper chest, outer elbows, upper & sides of hips, inner knees etc. Pain may be accompanied by fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.