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Muscle Pain vs Nerve Pain – Understanding the Difference

There any many different reasons why our body can cause us to have pain, true pain is an indication of potential tissue damage and it helps us to avoid serious injury – think about times when you’ve burned yourself on boiling water or cut yourself with a knife – you remove yourself from the situation to avoid further injury due to the level of the pain you get!

Mostly we experience pain or discomfort on lower levels, and this can be generated from different tissues in the body and for different reasons. Two of those sources can be nerves and muscles and there can be many reasons why these tissues generate pain. This blog will focus briefly on how and why pain is caused and what you can do about it to reduce your symptoms.

Causes of Nerve Pain

Causes of nerve pain can again be due to many different reasons. Typical conditions people will suffer from are trapped nerves in the neck which extends to the arms and sciatica in the lower back and legs. Spinal discs when injured can bulge, press on a nerve and cause pain but equally a tight joint or over-active muscle in the neck and back can cause extra pressure around nerves and this can cause pain to develop.

Mobility Lumbar Spine

Mobility Thoracic Spine

Mobility Neck Extension

Mobility Neck Side Flexion

Causes of Muscle Pain

Pain can be caused due to trauma such as impact or over stretching which can cause a tearing in the muscle. Overuse or intense exercise can cause soreness often referred to as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which can last 1-2 days and become apparent the next day following exercise.

All muscle pain Is due to trauma to the fibres which results in small tearing which generates soreness throughout the tissues. Inflammation and swelling in muscles can also add to the level of pain you experience.

Foam Rolling – Hamstring

Foam Rolling – Quadriceps

Foam Rolling – Lumbar Extension

Foam Rolling – Glute and Piriformis

Mark Poolan
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