How To Relieve Muscle and Joint Pain at Home
Muscle and joint pain is something that we all live with on a day-to-day basis, but how do we get the relief that we need? There are multiple reasons for having joint and muscle pain, from falls to repetitive motions or even genetics. Thankfully, there are ways of relieving these types of pain at home with therapeutic modalities such as ice, heat and more.
What causes pain and how do we stop it?
Muscle pains are most common with repetitive motions or poor posture which causes muscles to be overworked and fatigued. The first step to stopping pain is to stop doing what is causing it, by changing position if the pain is coming from posture or limiting the repetitions of the pain-causing motion. The affected muscles from repetitive motions or postural deficiency will attempt to protect themselves from tears by contracting themselves and creating a “knot” or tissue restriction. The most common and effective way to relieve these soft tissue restrictions is with deep tissue massage or trigger point release which effectively breaks down the tissue or “knot” in order for the muscle to then work properly within its full range of motion.
Recommended tools for pain relief
A great at home tool for deep tissue massage and trigger point release is a high-quality massage gun to relieve pain in small and large muscles. This massage gun effectively relieves the body's aches, pain, and soreness by sending pulses of pressure that penetrate deep into muscle tissue.
Pain can also be controlled with the use of heat or ice. The use of moisture within a heat pack will penetrate into the tissue and decrease tissue restrictions and in turn decrease pain levels. The Bed Buddy microwave heat pad and cooling wrap is great for home use for moist heat and is also able to be frozen for pain control with icing. The Vive cold therapy machine, a flexible cryotherapy freeze system, can also be used for pain control of muscles but is most effective on chronic joint pain and post operative procedures by flowing ice water over the effected area.
People with chronic pain will find relief with the TENS 7000 Unit for chronic pain control. The TENS unit works by delivering small electrical impulses through electrodes that have adhesive pads that adhere to a person's skin. These electrical impulses flood the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. TENS device’s are favorites among medical professionals for delivering drug-free back pain relief as well as treating common ailments like neck pain, carpal tunnel relief, arthritis, shoulder, knee, elbow, leg and foot pain.
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Disclaimer: This blog post was written and/or reviewed by a licensed medical professional, but is not a suitable replacement for professional medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. If you have a medical concern, please consult your healthcare provider to seek professional medical treatment. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately for urgent medical attention.