Muscle pain is most frequently associated with muscle tension, overuse, or injury sustained during exercise or physically demanding work. It may also point to deep seated emotional issues that have not been addressed. Here are some tips for easing muscular pain.
Addressing the physical muscle tightness
Some natural ways of easing tight muscles include:
- Massage will help ease out tension in the muscles providing sufficient pressure is applied, such as with a deep tissue massage. When your muscles are so tight that they are causing pain, one massage treatment is unlikely to be enough to completely release all the tension. You may be surprised at how tight some of your other muscles are too once they are massaged!
- Magnesium is an important mineral regulates muscle and nerve tone; a lack of magnesium can lead to muscle cramps. You can increase your magnesium intake by eating foods rich in magnesium, taking a magnesium supplement, adding Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to your bath, or using a cream such as Mag Phos. One way to check if you are low in magnesium is to poke out your tongue while looking in the mirror – if your tongue quivers, you need more magnesium!
- Heat can help relax muscles. Relax in a warm bath for 20 minutes, or use a heat bag to apply warmth.
- Reflexology or acupressure can help reduce pain by clearing blockages in the associated reflexes. Applying a firm pressure to the appropriate pressure points on the feet or hands can help release toxins that have built up – these points may feel quite painful to touch. It is important to drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out of the body.
- Essences added to creams to apply topically can also assist muscles to relax. My personal favourites are Ice Blue rub (an essential oil based deep heat type cream) and the flower essence based Accident Relief cream (formerly called Pain Cream).
Addressing underlying emotional causes
Weight of the world on your shoulders? Feeling a lack of support in an area of your life? Having trouble moving forward? Emotional issues can manifest into physical pain to draw our attention to something we are not dealing with. Louise Hay provides an in depth list in her book Heal Your Body.
The following chart gives some probable mental thought pattern causes for more common areas of pain: