Muscle pain can come in all shapes and sizes. It could be one or a couple spots that are bothering you, chronic headaches, constant back or neck pain, or widespread aching.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you when something is wrong. For example, when you scrape or cut your knee, your nerves fire pain signals to your brain. This lets your brain know that there has been a break in your body’s first line of defense: the skin.
However, if your pain continues longer than a few days, such as for a few months or longer, it could be a sign of something else.
What causes widespread and chronic muscle pain?
Fibromyalgia is a pain-related condition. You may ache all over, have tender points, or possibly feel like you strained a muscle, without doing anything that would cause a strain to happen. Essentially, it comes down to a problem with how the body processes pain.
For someone with fibromyalgia, their body becomes hypersensitive to stimuli that shouldn’t normally cause muscle pain. Yet, your body it interprets as such. Studies have even showed that those that have fibromyalgia actually have reduced blood flow to the area of the brain that processes pain.
Chronic pain may also be due to unresolved injuries or recurring injuries. Either way, it’s important to seek out medical attention and get a proper diagnosis from your doctor.
What can you do to relieve it?
Often, a multidisciplinary approach works best. Exercise and massage have shown to reduce pain symptoms in those with fibromyalgia, as well as for other chronic pain conditions. Shockwave Therapy is also sometimes used to treat certain chronic pain conditions. For more information, contact our expert team at Athlete’s Choice Massage. You can book a consult with one of our trained and registered massage therapist and get back to feeling your best.