Treating and Caring for Muscle Pain

The back is a complex machine of muscles and bones, to the point that if you’re experiencing upper back muscle pain, you should absolutely see the doctor and have the problem properly diagnosed. Once that happens, you’ll likely get a plan of treatment, and here’s where the real work begins.

Your muscles will go through a two-phased process of healing, and you must be proactive in both of these respects, or they will end up much weaker and prone to injury than before. First, while your muscles are healing, they are getting stiff, since you’re not using them. This is a problem, as stiff muscles aren’t as effective as flexible ones, and will result in getting hurt easier. The answer is to stretch them once a day – lightly, and never to pain, as the muscle is healing after all. This way they will stay limber during the entire healing, and therefore will be in a much better condition once they’re better.

Now once they’re better, you need to do a little bit of strength building. They have gotten weaker, again from not being used, and if you don’t strengthen them, you risk hurting yourself again in the future. If you don’t visit a gym regularly, your doctor will probably offer you some exercises you can do at home, to make yourself feel better. Be sure to follow the program, as you will be in a worse physical condition if you don’t afterwards.

The search for pain relief is one that extends beyond just not hurting anymore. You have to work with your muscles after an injury, to get them back into the same condition they were in when you were first injured. Muscles will not maintain themselves – they will get stiff and weak if not worked regularly. Don’t let that happen, and you’ll be much happier as you get older.

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