Do you suffer from musculoskeletal pain? Whether it’s chronic back, neck or joint pain, or the occasional ailment, you’re not alone. Here are some natural and non-drug solutions to help reduce musculoskeletal pain.
In the case of acute pain related to trauma, strain or body aches related to physical exercise, or intense work, rest is often the first remedy prescribed. It effectively allows cellular repair of damaged tissues and gives the body time to reduce inflammation.
Beyond a certain duration, however, this solution reaches its limits and could even exacerbate the pain. Let us think of back and lumbar pain, which prolonged inactivity could increase. In this case, we must look for active solutions to manage the MSD that causes the pain.
To protect the body’s various anatomical structures, the muscles supporting them should be strong. Therefore, in the case of an MSD, supervised muscle-strengthening exercises are often prescribed. From this perspective, consulting a professional, such as a physiotherapist, is a good idea.
To give a concrete example, exercises to strengthen the abdominal and lower back muscles can increase their ability to protect the lumbar vertebrae, or the bottom of the spine, in a good position. This helps prevent and control pain affecting the lower back.
Manual therapies come from several disciplines, such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, and massage therapy. They include body manipulations, which have several benefits for controlling pain. Let us think of the increased blood circulation, which promotes the oxygenation of the tissues, the reduction of muscle tension, the increase in the range of motion, etc.
Combined with strengthening exercises and a healthy lifestyle, manual therapies can provide concrete benefits for managing MSDs.
While strong muscles help stabilize joints, good flexibility promotes a wide range of motion. In addition, performing regular stretches also helps reduce muscle tension.
To increase flexibility and gain suppleness, targeted stretching exercises can be prescribed, as is the case for strengthening exercises. Certain disciplines, such as yoga and Pilates, can also have concrete benefits for increasing flexibility.
Lastly, we must not overlook the impact of adopting healthy lifestyle habits to prevent musculoskeletal pain. Healthy lifestyle habits help maintain a healthy weight, offset a sedentary lifestyle and prevent many health conditions, including MSDs. In addition, they promote physical and psychological well-being.
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Through these different solutions, know that the expertise of a health professional can help you determine the cause of your musculoskeletal disorder and guide you in the solutions adapted to it.
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