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Muscle pain is frequent complaint from anyone living an active life; however, serious or ongoing muscle pain may require professional help.

Muscle Pain

While athletes are highly-susceptible to muscle pain due to their strenuous training and higher risk for injury, people of all activity levels will certainly develop sore muscles at some point. Whether its mild pain through overuse or extreme pain due to muscle injury, your Synergy therapist has numerous treatment options available to reduce and prevent muscle pain. 

Muscle pain is most often associated with muscle strains.

A strain can be categorized by severity, Grade 1-3 (mild, moderate, severe). A grade 1 strain occurs when some of the muscle fibers are torn in a small capacity. A grade 2 strain involves more of the muscle fibers being torn to a greater extent. Last, a grade 3 occurs when the fibers are fully torn across the muscle belly. In all 3 cases, the effects that ensue include tenderness to the touch, swelling, decreased range of motion, loss of strength, compensated gait, decreased ability to participate in any functional/recreational activity, and decreased stability. Muscle pain can also present as tendinitis because the tendon is directly correlated to the muscle. Tendinitis occurs when the tendon is performing the workload the muscle is designed to perform.

Muscle pain can also be caused by using muscle. During a workout, the muscles are being stressed under load which causes micro-tearing in the muscles which is normal. As a result, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs which is also normal as long as it occurs within a 48-hour period.

In most cases, stretching is required to elongate the muscle fibers that are too tight and to help with muscle soreness as a result of workload. Manual interventions such as soft tissue mobilization, manual stretching, dry needling, cupping, and any other manual treatments are involved in releasing accumulated tension through the muscle and tendons. The other mode of treatment involves corrective/strengthening exercises to ensure the muscles are supporting the body. These treatments are of the utmost importance when restoring mobility, stability, and strength.

Frequently Asked Questions

Muscle Pain

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Both are pain relievers but understand heat will loosen the superficial tissue whereas ice will do the opposite.  Therefore, ice should be used when activity is over for the day.

Stretching may not be appropriate for the affected body part in which case an evaluation will determine if stretching will be part of treatment.

Your Synergy therapist may treat muscle pain with a combination of treatments, which may include:

Functional Training
Manual Therapy
Gait Training
Dry Needling
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