Myalgia is generally known as a muscle ache or muscle pain. Muscle pain can be localised in one muscle or a few muscles or generalized, involving muscles all over the body.
Which muscles are commonly affected with pain?
The pain can involve any muscle of the body but the main muscles that ache are deltoid muscle (muscle covering shoulder and upper part of outer side of the upper arm), muscles of neck, muscles of lower back, calf muscles (muscles of back of leg) and thigh muscles.
Trapezitis is an inflammation caused in the trapezius muscles which further leads to pain and spasm in the neck. It is increasingly becoming common among people working at desk, using computers and also those who do physical labor or use their neck and back muscles a lot.
Trapezius myalgia (TM) is the complaint of pain, stiffness, and tightness of the upper trapezius muscle. It is characterised by acute or persistent neck-shoulder pain.
Trapezius muscle strain is a common injury that happens when you stretch the muscle too far. In severe injuries, the muscle can tear. To avoid injury and keep your traps strong, you should warm up before exercise
Where is the Trapezius & What are The function of the Trapezius ?
The trapezius is the most superficial muscle in the back, which means it’s just under the skin. It extends from a point at the base of the neck and goes across both shoulders and down your back. It ends at a point in the middle of your back.
The trapezius muscles attach to several bones, including the spine, scapulae (shoulder blades), ribs and clavicle (collarbone). A cranial nerve (a nerve that originates from the brain) controls the trapezius.
The trapezius (traps muscle) helps you move your head, neck, arms, shoulders and torso. It also stabilizes your spine and helps with posture
Some of the common causes of Trapezitis include:
Working for a long period in the same position.
Reading a book in an awkward position for a prolonged period.
Driving for long distances.
Watching television in the same or an awkward posture for long time.
Breast feeding women too can suffer from trapezitis, especially if she bends her shoulder while feeding her baby.
Some people may also experience trapezitis, due to weak muscles of the neck and back, which may have resulted from other health conditions or injuries. Trauma, fall or blow on the neck or back can be one of the causes of trapezitis.
What symptoms will develop if you have Trapezitis ?
Episodes of chronic neck pain in short intervals
Headaches on the temples/base of the skull
Severe neck stiffness
An inflamed or aching shoulder
Limited range of motion
Nerve compression is followed by tingling, numbness, or weakness in the arms, hands, and fingers on the affected side.
How to Prevent Trapezitis ?
Maintain proper postural alignment throughout the day to decrease any strain created on your neck. Place your work at eye level to avoid awkward postures.
Encourage pain-free movement. After an injury, your neck will become stiff. Start gentle movements as soon as possible. This will help to restore full range of motion, reduce pain from swelling and muscle spasms and prevent your muscles from becoming weak.
Take frequent breaks (every 30 minutes) and do stretching and range of motion exercises.
Sleep on a firm mattress. Use a thin pillow to lie on your back or a thick pillow to lie on your side. This will keep your neck in alignment with your spine. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Exercises that help strengthen the upper body with or without weights and resistance bands will be helpful in the long run.
Assessment of calcium and vitamin D levels in case of suspected deficiency is a must.
How Homeopathy Helps ?
Applying an ointment or spraying a pain reliever is the general tendency of almost everyone suffering from muscle pain, medically known as myalgia. However, it only provides temporary relief and the real cause of muscle pain is not addressed. Here’s where homeopathy can be of real help. The natural homeopathic remedies for muscle pain not only provide relief, but also strike at the root of the problem and cure muscle pain effectively. They are also completely safe with no side effects. The leading homeopathic medicines for managing muscle pain includes Rhus Tox, Bryonia, Arnica, Ruta, Magnesium Phos and Gelsemium…. Etc
- Ranunculus Bulbosus – Ranunculus Bulbosus is prepared from the plant buttercup. It belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. The whole plant is used to extract the medicine which undergoes potentization (the process of preparing homeopathic medicines that extract and intensifies the medicinal properties from a crude substance) to obtain medicine Ranunculus Bulbosus. This medicine proves to be very effective in managing pain in the shoulder blade, intercostal pain (pain in the area between two ribs), and certain skin complaints especially herpes zosteralso known as shingles. The most important action of this medicine is seen on the back. Its use is mostly recommended to manage pain in the upper back. The characteristic feature for its use is muscle pain felt along the lower margins of the shoulder blade /scapula (which means triangular bone that lies in the upper back one on either side). The pain gets worse due to overuse of arms while writing, typing, playing piano, etc. The burning sensation is usually felt. It is also of great clinical significance to treat stitching pain in scapula or in between the scapulae. Its use is also considered when the neck muscles are contracted.
- Paris Quadrifolia – Homeopathic medicine Paris Quadrifolia is prepared from a plant ‘one berry’ and ‘herb paris’. It belongs to the family Trilliaceae. The whole plant when in fruit is potentized as per homeopathic formula that extracts and intensifies its medicinal properties. It becomes a homeopathic medicine Paris Quadrifolia of great value in treating certain health concerns. It is an important medicine to manage neck pain and numbness in the fingers. Neck pain radiating to shoulders or fingers. Neck pain attended with numbness of fingers. Neck pain from exertion. Feeling of weight or heavy load in the neck and across the shoulders. Coccyx (tailbone) pain on sitting
- Cimicifuga Racemosa – Cimicifuga Racemosa also known as Actaea Racemosa is prepared from plant ‘black cohosh’. It belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. The roots of this plant are subjected to potentization (process of preparing homeopathic medicines) that extracts and intensifies its medicinal properties. After this process, we get homeopathic remedy Cimicifuga Racemosa. This medicine acts wonderfully on neck and the back to help various related concerns. To begin with, it is very effective for managing pain and stiffness of neck. Pain is felt even when moving hands. The neck feels contracted. Stiffness is worse in cold air. Neck is sensitive to pressure. Its use is also made in sciatica cases with sharp, shooting pain radiating down the leg from the lower back.
Why Cosmic Homeo Healing Centre ?
At our Cosmic Homeo Healing Centre, under the able guidance of second generation Homeopathic Dr. Mahavrat S Patel, our team of experts have helped thousands of cases of Myalgia and Trapezitis with Homeopathic Medicines for permanent and long lasting relief.