Ayurveda for Muscle Aches and Pain
Muscle pain or aches are medically called myalgia. What we experience as muscle aches can be either from one or a group or muscles; Or else it can involve ligaments, tendons, and fascia too.
Common causes of Muscle Pain:
- Injuries by impact, sprain and strain.
- Overuse of muscles.
- Infections like flu.
- Inflammatory conditions like arthritis, autoimmune diseases etc.
- Some medicines like those used for cholesterol, statins etc can cause muscle ache.
- Deficiency of vitamins like vitamin D and minerals like calcium and magnesium can also cause muscle pain.
- Electrolyte imbalance as in too little potassium or calcium in blood may also cause muscle cramps and pain.
Treatment for Muscle Pain:
- Identifying the cause is important in treating muscle pain.
- Generalised muscle pain often requires medications to address the specific disease, inflammation or infection.
- Severe injuries including tendons, ligaments and large tear of muscles may require conservative management, medications and sometimes surgical intervention.
First aid for Muscle Strain & Sprain:
A strain is an injury caused by excessive pulling or tear to muscles and tendons. A sprain is an injury involving muscle and tendons.
- The protocol for muscle injury first aid is called PRICE, short for Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress and elevate.
- Protect is preventing further injury. It usually involves immobilisation, removing any load the muscle by lying down etc.
- Rest: Stop all activities involving the muscle to prevent excess inflammation and micro bleedings.
- Ice: Apply cold compress. Its better not to apply ice directly to bare skin. Use a pack, towel or plastic to cover the ice. Ice can be applied for about 20 minutes every hour till the pain and acute inflammation reduces.
- Compress: Light compression bandage will reduce excess inflammation and oedema from setting in.
- Elevation: Of the injured part will reduce swelling and ensure venous return.
- Heat shall be applied only after acute inflammation and swelling subsides, usually after 48 – 72 hours.
- Massage also should be avoided till the acute inflammation subsides, usually for 72 hours.
- Oils like murivenna can be applied along with ice pack as antiinflammatory.
- Liniments like Saplint can be applied after acute inflammation and redness subsides.
- Saplint plus liniment helps to reduce pain, oedema and muscle spasm.
- It is very effective in muscle cramps, sprains, strains and pain due to arthritis.
- Sapling is also effective in low back ache, neck and back pain etc.
- It contains the ingredients of two traditional ayurvedic oils called murivenna and karpooradi oil, which are very effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic and protective oils.
- It also has menthol and camphor which gives a cooling effect and improves circulation to the area. This helps in tissue repair and reduces inflammation.
- The camphor and menthol also provide a counter irritant effect to reduce the pain.
Tips to prevent Muscle Pain & Injuries:
- Do mild exercise regularly which works all your muscles.
- Choose exercises according to your health, needs and target specific muscles if necessary.
- Proper warm up and cool down is very important before and after doing exercise.
- Stretching should be done as a daily routine. Do stretching also only after proper warm up.
- Massage yourself with oils like dhanwantaram tailam once in a week.
- Get a warm shower or steam bath after oil application once a week.