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Muscle aches: types and causes

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Muscle aches are a topic shared by a large part of the world population. Housewives, workers, the elderly, etc… each type of pain that afflicts them derives from different factors. What situations cause such pains? How to distinguish them? But above all how to counter them? How to take care of it properly? With today’s article we will try to answer this question.
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The types of contractions

Before talking about the various types of muscle pain existing, associated with the various situations or age groups, it’s important to understand how many and which types of contractions exist:
– it’s concentric when the muscle shortens and brings the bony segments closer to it, thus allowing movement;
– is isometric when the muscle, while working, doesn’t shorten and doesn’t cause a movement of the joint heads between them;
– is eccentric when the muscle doesn’t shorten or remain the same length, but even stretches.

Third Age

The elderly, most of all, is the one who complains of pain. The same are mostly addressed to the bones, because there may actually be a problem of osteoarthritis due to age, but we must think that aging also involves the muscular system.
Exercise develops the muscles and even if a phrase is made it’s a universal truth. It’s therefore important to carry it out because the scarcity of the same causes sarcopenia (muscle weakening). This is because, once the precarious threshold of the bearable load has been exceeded, the muscle pains begin and persist, affecting life in the Third Age.

Housewives and Workers

Another typical pain that housewives often complain about is that of the kidneys. This is to indicate the area on the sides of the spine (the paravertebral muscles) that become inflamed in the face of incorrect postures. These are analgesic contractures that must be fought with homonymous and muscle relaxant therapies.
Even those who are professional drivers or spend a lot of time on a car suffer from these pains. In this case, the weak muscle structure, especially at the abdominal level, is unable to support the spine. Consequently, the same reacts in a prolonged contraction, which stiffens the whole area and causes pain that can be acute (the classic “witch shot”) or deaf.
The non-pharmaceutical remedy is simple: a short period of bed rest and a strengthening of the abdominals + an extension of the back muscles.
These problems are mainly associated with sedentary people.

Physical Activity

By definition, muscle pain from exercise is perhaps the most common problem. The blame for these pains has always been attributed to lactic acid, however research has shown that after a few tens of minutes from the end of the effort there is no trace in the blood and muscles of the same. So who is to blame for these pains? Americans identify it with the abbreviation DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
The intense physical exercise or with the use of high overloads, causes a series of small damages which, adding together, cause the notorious pain which, as previously said, appears late.
In the event of the appearance of the DOMS it’s advisable not to continue working on the muscle group in which this discomfort occurred, but possibly focus on another. Better yet to take some rest.

36 thoughts on “Muscle aches: types and causes

  1. I’m trying to correct my shin splints. Like it’s beyond painful to even walk after I do my runs. But I know I’m guilty of poor posture from sitting at my desk 40 hrs a week.

  2. Very informative post on life’s aches & pains! As a baby boomer, I know how vital it is to exercise daily to combat many discomforts due to lack of movement. Exercise is and has been a part of our daily regime for many years, and the overall health & wellness benefits are 10 fold. Great post & excellent site! Robert 🙂

  3. Didn’t know it was called DOMS, but it makes sense lol. Good to know and now I understand all the different ways and some reasons why they hurt and feel sore sometimes.

  4. I have had quite a lot of muscle aches especially on times when I have to sit for long periods of time or also after exercising a lot. I thought that muscle pain from exercise is due to lactic acid and I had no idea about DOMS.

  5. Great advice! I was dealing with quite a bit of lower back pain for a while before I addressed my home office set up. It was related to poor posture while sitting at my desk every day. Now that I have an ergonomic chair, a desk set to the right height that I require and a standing desk option for when I need to stand up and stretch my legs for a while, I’ve seen a HUGE drop in the amount of pain that I feel each day. Definitely worth investing in products to prevent pain where possible!

  6. I never knew about the little details muscle pain Of muscle pain and how certain jobs and activities are associated with it. I would get muscle pain later on from working out and never thought about what that truly meant. Thank you for sharing

  7. This is such a helpful and informative post! Good to know some of these and the potential causes behind the aches and pains!

  8. I’m one of the housewives you’re talking about here – having pain on the area on the sides of the spine, near the kidneys. I really need to strengthen my weak muscles and spend some time relaxing my body.

  9. The muscle pain that I get from workouts is kind of satisfying in a way so I don’t mind having it, but the muscle pain I get from the stress I hold in my neck and jaw really does not feel great. It doesn’t help that I spend hours on my laptop trying to build up my business and blog.

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