What is Muscle Pain?

What is Muscle Pain?

Everyone suffers from muscle pain from time to time and would like to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Where does it come from and how can you best treat yourself?
We have already listed some facts for you!
Everyone suffers from muscle pain from time to time. It often occurs in people who exercise, or do not exercise and are a little too intensive. For some, that's an indication that they've done their best in sports. Muscle pain also quickly disappears on its own, you usually notice relief within 24 hours.
But is that really healthy? And does it have any long-term damage? We have listed the facts for you!

How does muscle pain develop?

The origin of muscle pain is always the question that arises the day after exercise. Especially in people who don't exercise often. How does muscle pain actually arise? Muscle pain is an accumulation of waste products in the muscles, especially lactic acid. This causes you to suffer from pain, stiffness and it can also give you a cramping feeling.
Muscle pain can have different causes.
The most common cause is stress of muscles that are normally used less or not at all. As a result, more waste products collect in the muscles, which makes you feel pain, these are mainly lactic acids. In addition, small tears also occur in your muscle. You can also experience muscle pain when you are sick, such as with a flu. Here too, the cause is that the waste products collect in the muscles and you suffer from this. With both causes, the muscle pain also disappears within a few days.
Also you can get muscle pain from a bruise or tear in the muscle. This often occurs when the muscles are overloaded and it is therefore always advisable to consult a doctor or physiotherapist.

What is muscle soreness after exercise?

Muscle pain can be divided into three different categories. Below we describe what they are and what causes them.
  • Acute muscle pain 
    Acute spierpijn is de pijn die je voelt tijdens het sporten of een andere lichamelijke inspanning. Dit uit zich in de vorm van verzuring. Voel je de verzuring? Dan is het belangrijk om rekening te houden met je lichaam dat aangeeft wat de grens is. Ga niet te lang verder, want dit kan schadelijk zijn en zelf blessures veroorzaken.

  • Muscle pain from bruising
    This muscle pain can be caused by, for example, a wrong movement with muscle damage as a result. With this muscle pain, it is important to give the muscle a rest for a while and to strain it as little as possible.

  • Delayed muscle pain
    Delayed muscle pain, as the word says, comes on later. This is the muscle pain you feel after a day of sports or an intensive walk. This muscle pain is caused by very small tears in the muscle, also called micro tears. Your muscle can develop these tears from overuse on the muscle. This form of muscle pain eventually goes away on its own, usually it takes a few days until you no longer feel it at all.

Is muscle pain always good for you?

'No pain, no gain' is often shouted by athletes. Which means no pain, no gain, assuming muscle soreness is good after exercise. The rule of thumb for doctors and physiotherapists is; a little muscle pain is fine, but do you suffer from your muscles for several days where the recovery is minimal? Then you have made it too colorful and this is harmful to the muscle.

Your body in super mode.

Muscle pain is caused by the lactic acids that collect in the muscle and the small tears. Because you stretch your muscles further than normal, small tears occur in the tissue. The repair of these tears is painful, but this is also a signal for your body to strengthen those muscles. The statement “No pain, no gain” is therefore literal, by overstimulating your muscles you ensure that they increase in mass. In addition to the normal recovery of muscle tissue, your body will also overcompensate and therefore create more muscle mass. Your body wants to prevent it from having to repair your muscle tissue again soon, so it ensures that you have slightly more muscle strength than before.

Don't forget the warm-up!

Do you often suffer from muscle pain? Then your muscle tissue grows, but be careful with muscle pain for a longer period, because that is harmful to the muscles. To prevent harmful muscle pain, it is advisable to always warm up your muscles before exercising. It's best to do that special warm-up exercises to be carried out. This way you reduce the risk of muscle damage and long-term muscle pain.
Also exist different types of muscle gel that you can use before and after exercise. These gels help to warm up your muscles and joints and keep them flexible. So there are plenty of ways to protect yourself against injuries but still stimulate your body to create more muscle mass.

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