Common causes of muscle pain

You don’t have to be a gym junkie to experience muscle pain. It can be caused by: 

  • overuse of a muscle 
  • any kind of physical activity you’re not used to 
  • an injury (strains and sprains
  • muscle tension 

If you have muscle pain and you are concerned please speak to your healthcare professional for further advice. 

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Advice for how to get muscle relief

Here are some things you can do to help relieve muscle pain caused by injury or overuse: 

  • Rest the affected area 
  • You can apply an icepack or ice wrapped in a towel, or else use heat therapy. Do not apply ice directly to your skin. 
  • In conjunction with hot/cold therapy, you could try a pain relief option such as Nurofen Express 200mg Liquid Capsules. 
  • To help relieve muscle pain caused by exercise or stress: 
  • Gently stretch the affected muscle and keep moving with some gentle exercise 
  • Avoid very strenuous or high-impact activities for a while, after the injury 
  • Use relaxation techniques, such as meditation, to reduce tension 
  • Try a medicated gel for pain relief such as Nurofen Joint & Back Pain Relief Max Strength 10% Gel

Prevention is the best way to help avoid muscle pain

There are some simple things you can do to help reduce muscle pain: 

  • Warm up before, and cool down after exercise 
  • Exercise regularly to keep your muscles in good condition 
  • Avoid exercising when you are very tired 
  • Stay well hydrated 
  • Keep your home and work environment free of clutter, to help avoid accidents 
  • Have a good stretch every now and then, especially if you work at a desk.