It is normal to experience muscle pain, stiffness, or cramping from time to time. It can be caused by a variety of factors. These include injury, a sudden strain from ‘overdoing it,’ a pinched nerve, or degenerating joints. Stress is also a major cause of tension in the muscles. There are also underlying conditions that can result in muscle pain. These include fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome.
A person experiencing muscle pain will feel that the affected muscles are tight, tense and hard. Pressing against the muscles that are affected is painful. If nothing is done about the muscles that are tense, they will spasm, causing extreme pain. The longer muscles stay in this tense state, the harder it is to get them to relax.
When they approach a healthcare professional, most people with muscle pain are prescribed muscle relaxers to use to ease the pain. However, it is not advisable that drugs such as these are used over the long term as they can have lasting side effects and can become addictive.
That is why it is advisable to try and use natural muscle relaxers to treat mild cases of muscle spasms, aches, and pains. However, should severe muscle pain persist, it is a good idea to consult your medical healthcare professional to see if there is a condition causing the pain and treat it. Here are some suggested natural remedies you can use at home as muscle relaxers for stiff and sore muscles.
1. Tantalizing tart cherries
Aside from being absolutely delicious, tart cherries can help with muscle pain. We tend to associate cherries with pies and other baked goods, and the only time we eat them is when we’re indulging in our favorite cakes and tarts.
These delectable fruits have been proven to help with muscle pain in 2 studies. The first study, from 2010, was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. In this study, it was found that athletes who consumed cherry tart juice daily for seven days prior to a running event found they experienced less muscle pain after the event than those athletes who consumed none. The second study was also conducted in 2010. Its results were published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. It showed that an increased intake of tart cherries could stop muscle aches and pains after strenuous sports activities.
Cherries are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which is why they are effective natural muscle relaxers. People who struggle with fibromyalgia have reported reduced muscle pain after including tart cherries in their diets. The cherries themselves can be eaten daily or the juice drunk. As an alternative to prescribed muscle relaxers, cherries are cheap and cheerful, and then the only thing you’re in danger of getting addicted to is the delicious taste!
It is worth noting, however, that based on the studies conducted, tart cherries can reduce or eliminate muscle pain if they are consumed prior to the activity. That is why it is suggested that they are included in the daily diet of those people who tend to struggle with muscle aches, pains, and spasms.