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Tough workouts can leave you sore for days afterwards, so sore that walking, dressing and sleeping become difficult to do. Even the professional athletes cannot avoid the muscle pain that comes after strenuous physical exertion. But everyone can ease the discomfort with massage therapy.
Physical exertion causes muscle pain for 5 to 7 days because of a series of reactions that take place in the body. First, there is an inflammatory reaction to extreme muscle work. Inflammation causes swelling and soreness immediately. This is followed by oxidative stress from free radicals and lactic acid build up. As a result of both the inflammation and oxidative stress, blood flow to the area is impeded. The lack of blood to the muscle is ultimately what leads to soreness for days.
Massage therapy targets this mechanism that causes muscle pain after physical exertion. There are many different types of massage therapy. The most popular style is Swedish massage. This soft, kneading style...
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Alternative Names Muscle pain; Myalgia; Pain - muscles Prevention Warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Stretch before and after exercising. Drink lots of fluids before, during, and after exercise. If you work in the same position most of the day (like sitting at a computer), stretch at least every hour. References Buttaravoli P. Muscle strains and tears. In: Buttaravoli P, ed. Minor Emergencies . 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 122. Buttaravoli P. Myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia: (Trigger points). In: Buttaravoli P, ed. Minor Emergencies . 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 123.
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