Muscle Strain and Pain Remedies

Jul 01, 2017

Natural remedies for treatment of muscle conditions like muscle strains and pain typically requires the identification of underlying muscle issues. Nonetheless, appropriate nutrition, regular exercise and a balanced lifestyle can treat many muscle related issues. Additionally, taking supplements that deliver the right nutrients and prevent buildup of toxins in the body also treat muscle conditions.

What are Muscle Issues?

The muscles are likely one of the most important structures in the body. Responsible for aiding in movement and the general function of the body, muscles facilitate much of what makes the body work. However, several conditions can adversely affect the muscles.

Common muscle conditions include injury, overuse, genetic disorder, cancer, inflammation, disease of the nerves, infection and medicinal affect. Common symptoms associated with muscle conditions include muscle cramps, aches, strain, swelling and heat.

Natural Treatment for Muscle Ailments

Treating muscle issues generally requires a varied approach that takes into consideration the actual cause of the issue. Many natural treatments, however, treat conditions whatever the cause and eliminate associated issues. Dietary supplements including apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses and coconut oil are particularly effective treatments for muscle issues.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a naturally acidic compound. The acid in the vinegar has been shown to cool and relax the skin and muscles. Additionally, apple cider vinegar delivers powerful mineral properties to the body that may also help treat sore muscles and other muscle conditions.

Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses promotes muscle health in a variety of ways. Blackstrap molasses is derived from the sugar refining process and contains a number of nutrients including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. All of these together support muscle, bone and joint health and alleviate associated issues.

Coconut Oil

Lauded as a superfood, coconut oil delivers a number of health benefits. In regards to the muscles, coconut oil aids in the absorption of minerals and other nutrients and supports overall health. Coconut oil also prevents muscle spasms, cramping and other issues.

Muscle conditions range from simple overuse to more complex diseases and infections. Nevertheless, adequate nutrition and a balanced lifestyle can prevent and treat many muscle issues.

Hydration

Dehydration is harmful to all body systems, including the muscular system. Maintaining proper hydration is critical for muscle health and repair. While coffee, tea, energy drinks etc. are okay for most people in moderation, if they provide most of your liquid intake your body is probably in need of more water. Most people know that they need more water but sometimes lack motivation to drink it! Keeping water in the refrigerator in glass jars makes water more appealing.  Adding a slice of fresh lemon is a great idea, too. Herbal tea counts towards your water intake.

Magnesium Oil

Magnesium oil is a magnesium supplement that you spray on your skin. The magnesium is absorbed into your skin. Magnesium is absolutely necessary for your muscles. Magnesium oil can be sprayed directly onto a sore muscle and it will absorb right where it is needed. If the magnesium oil stings, you can rinse it off after 20 minutes and will still have the benefit.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is a great natural remedy for muscle issues. It can be gently massaged into the impaired muscle. It brings pain relief and healing. Because castor oil is messy, this treatment is best done at bedtime. Use old pajamas because the oil can stain clothing.



Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Susan (Phoenix, Arizona) on 09/23/2012
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I can't thank you enough for the ACV cure for my sore muscle! I spent a miserable night with a pulled muscle in my shoulder, and like you, tried everything to fix it. After reading your post, I went immediately to my organic ACV and soaked a paper towel with it, stuck it on my skin, and the pain disappeared within 2 minutes! God Bless you for posting this!


Posted by Monique (Virginia Beach, Usa) on 02/04/2012
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Hey, I have to say the ACV worked for muscle ache. I had a complete body massage earlier today. I was sore when I woke up to get a glass of water and then I stopped to check this site for sore muscles. I drank 1 tablespoon of Acv and 1/2 c water- in 2 minutes my soreness was gone. Thank you EC


Posted by Heather (Katy, Tx, Usa) on 05/18/2011
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I somehow managed to pull a muscle very near the point of my shoulder blade. I have muscle relaxants that would have helped with the pain, but hesitate to use them because of the side effects. I found your site hoping for a simpler cure for this small, yet painful, problem. I applied straight organic ACV to a washcloth - not completely soaking it, but soaking the center 3 inches. Then I put the washcloth over the sore muscle, and helped it stay there by using an ace bandage over that shoulder and under my opposite arm. I'm sure you can use just about anything you can wrap around your body, like gauze, or a long scarf or something. Or you could just lay on your stomach with it on your back if you've managed to hurt a muscle in an area there and you know the washcloth isn't going to want to stay put. Anyway - an hour later and I'm barely feeling pain! I'm not really into holistic/folk medicine, but this has convinced me that it has it's place. I'm going to look up a few things for my pets and see if they like alternative medicine as well! Thank you to the others that posted this cure.

If you've got a cut I think the straight ACV would burn, but you could dilute it 50/50. Straight worked fine for me and I took it off after an hour. The only drawback is the smell - I will need a shower later on, with LOTS of soap. LOL!


Posted by Donna (Coconut Creek, Florida) on 07/11/2010
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RECENTLY I PULLED A MUSCLE IN MY UPPER ARM. THE PAIN WAS REALLY TERRIBLE. I TRIED ICE PACKS, IBUPROFEN, PAIN OINTMENT. NOTHING WORKED. I SOAKED A PAPER TOWEL WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND APPLIED IT TO THE AREA. THE PAIN WAS GONE ALMOST INSTANTLY. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. IT WAS LIKE A MIRACLE.


Posted by Judith (Henlow, Bedfordshire, England) on 08/16/2009
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When we were house hunting in Iran, over 30 years ago, a host offered us a refreshing cold drink on a hot summer day. It was delicious. We found out it was diluted vinegar. Now that I'm trying to get rid of muscle pain, I'm drinking apple cider vinegar but I prepare it the way the Persians do: 2 teaspoons acv, 1 teaspoon honey, and a spring of fresh mint. Add 8 - 10 ounces cold water and give it a stir. Wonderful!

What's surprising me is that the muscles are responding rapidly. I've only drunk it for 4 or 5 days and there's already a noticeable difference. Thought it would take 6 months!


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda  

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Posted by Kermit (Austin Tx) on 07/01/2017
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I have taken the ACV Baking Soda treatment. I was told this by my acupuncturist for my muscle pain. I had started a walking program but I was experiencing muscle pain when I sit too long or stand. It has helped that but it has also kept my weight down. Since not be able to walk like I was. I am going to start back walking or some form of exercise 30 minutes a day. I am glad taking 1 month off has not made me gain any of the weight back.


Avoid Statins  

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Posted by Bja (Oklahoma) on 07/02/2015
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I'm nearing 60 and after having taken a statin for several years, about a year ago I began having awful muscle pain that, even after 4 mos. off the drug, pain persists. I am going to try and use Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother, of course! ) and see if I feel any better. I'll keep you posted!


Posted by Gavin (Northland) on 04/14/2014

As far as muscle pain goes watch out if you are taking statins. They block an essential enzyme produced in the liver for muscles. Fifty per cent of those prescribed them have to stop taking them due to this. But sometimes as the pain comes on sometimes months after taking them they are misdiagnosed as another ailment. Some doctors are saying that statins do nothing except make the sellers a lot of money.


Blackstrap Molasses  

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Posted by Ackbar (Oaklyn, NJ) on 08/12/2012
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Muscles... 60 years old... I perspire when working.... Over a 3 years heavy outside work... The muscles on both legs starting burning, until I could not walk upstairs, in fact, I had to pull myself up to our second floor. I have been taking blackstrap molasses for 1 year... 1 Tablespoon in a coffee cup of hot water. I am now back to 60% of total muscle contol... I feel that I could be 1 more year. I will add this to my diet.


Coconut Oil  

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Posted by Lynn (St. Petersburg, FL) on 01/14/2007
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I have been taking vco for approximately two weeks now, at about 2-3 tablespoons a day, both in cooking, and melted like butter on foods. I have had severe muscle pain of unknown origin (probably fibromyalgia) for years. The Q-Ray bracelet helped enormously for a few years, but recently I have had a lot of pain. On day three of my taking the oil, my pain was all but gone, a recurrent cyst had disappeared, and my energy/stamina was phenomenal. I had suffered from very low energy for years, and take thyroxin. I now am "addicted" to the stuff, and would recommend it to anyone with these symptoms.


Compartment Syndrome  

Posted by Roy (Toronto, Ont. Cda) on 10/01/2012

Hi, Ted, are you familiar with compartment syndrome, hopefully I would like to hear what you have to say. It defininitly is not a popular ailment up here in Canada.

Replied by Jj
Happy Town, South Land
11/10/2012

Roy, its not popular here in the USA!! My 21 year old son was misdiagnosed with shin splints, treated for 1 year. Come to find out it was stress induced compartment syndrome, refered to a syndrome due to the fact the cause is unknown.

What I do know it is a very serious condition, with basically no known successful treatment. He did have a surgery to release pressure. He after 6 months has numbness and pain. We now realize the surgery was an attempt, or a exploration. I had never heard of this syndrome and the doctors do not know what causes it. There is little information out there on a treatment.


Epsom Salt  

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Posted by Diana Letresor (Mesa, Az, Usa) on 01/07/2012
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I have heard all of my life about using Epsom Salts to relieve muscle soreness. Well, last night I got the box out that had been under my sink for 8 years and hardly used. I got a stepper for Christmas and finally used it for a half an hour 1-6-12. I knew I would be very sore from ankles to hips from being out of shape, so I filled the tub with very warm water, put in about 2 cups of Epsom salts and soaked for 15 minutes. I didn't use any soap, I only soaked in the water with Epsom Salts. Afterwards, I took a warm shower to wash my hair, etc. This morning I was so amazed that I was barely sore! I had more soreness on my upper chest and shoulders (where the soak bath didn't reach), than I did on my feet or legs. I also felt very relaxed after my soak last night. I have a problem with insomnia, but I went to bed and slept about 9 1/2 hours and that never happens.

I am totally sold on using Epsom salts for muscle soreness, relaxation and insomnia. And to think I had that box of Epsom Salt under my bathroom sink for almost a decade and could have been using it all along for many purposes. 2012 will be a much easier and healthier year for me with this "new", cheap remedy.

Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland
01/08/2012

Diana, I have no idea how old you are but I am 54 and although I tried to do a bit of exercise once in a while I always ended up not doing it regularly. Then I would have a good session and would have muscle pains for days. But somehow, maybe with the supplements I have been taken for many months, now we are in Zug and I have a lot of time in my hands I go to the gym and the swimming pool/sauna four days a week and guess what.... I am suprised that I never had any pains at all! And I do exercise a lot in the water and at least 90 minutes non-stop in the gym really pushing myself but at the end I feel fresh, no pains, not tired. The down side is that all the exercise hasn't really been helping with my sleep or better... Nowadays I seem to sleep like I am in a coma but only after sunrise, very annoying because I end up having to force myself to wake up and that quite late!

We can't buy Epsom salts here in Europe except in England (at least not in the countries I go to... ) so I buy magnesium chloride (Nigari) and a book I have just read says that actually magnesium chloride is better than magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts). But if it helps you.... that is great! Nigari is not too cheap....

Replied by Diana
Mesa, Az
01/10/2012

Francisca, I am 56 1/2, so older than you are. I am getting ready to do another stepper workout for about 45 minutes duration. I am sorry you can't get Epsom Salts where you live. I just bought another 10 lbs. Here it is very cheap and quite effective.

Cheers, Diana


General Feedback  

Posted by Maria (London, UK) on 01/28/2009

I would be grateful if anyone could help me with my terrible muscle pain which is located on the top side of my body near by breast. When I lay down in bed it is very painful. Can anyone recomend anything to get rid of this terrible pain? many thanks

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn.
01/28/2009
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Hello Maria, Does this terrible body pain occur when lying in any body position or only when lying in one or two different positions? Either way, you need to know what is causing the pain before you get rid of it, because pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong.

Another question that arises is, have you had any surgery close to the area of pain in the past?

The reason I am asking these questions is because of my niece's recent episode. She had surgery on kidney for cancer about a year or more ago and developed an unexplained pain a few weeks after and something protruding from her left rib cage. Her regular doctor and the surgeon kept telling her that she was fine, even after the final MRI and lab work. Her daughter insisted that she was "deteriorating before my eyes and if you don't know what is wrong with her refer her to someone that knows what she is doing". Fortunately she was referred to someone who knew what she was doing. The one she was referred to (along with lab reports & MRI), looked at lab reports and agreed they looked fine. She then put the MRI on the viewer and pointed at the protrusion the other two doctors were calling an insignificant fatty tumor and asked my niece if she knew what that is. My niece's reply was it feels like I've got a boil there but the doctor said it is a fatty tumor. The new doctor told her that it was a piece of her liver protruding, not a fatty tumor. She did surgery to correct the hernia (probably a complication of the previous surgery). My niece is now much happier without the pain and protrusion, now that her liver is back on the right side of her body where it belongs.

Now that you know why I am asking these questions, get yourself to a doctor who can get the tests done to rule out something serious. No one can tell you what is causing this pain without investigating the situation, and you don't want to get rid of the pain that is giving them an idea of what to look for before the cause is found.


Hemifacial Spasm  

Posted by Nori (Anonymous) on 12/27/2012

Any remedy for hemifacial spasms?

Replied by Francois
Contrecoeur, Quebec
03/25/2013

Facial spasm is often due to a pinch nerve in the neck. You have many options: see a chiropractor, a massage therapist, a do it yourself of the three first vertebrae on both sides. With this do some neck extensions which will give space to the nerve to take back his normal position. Along with this watch your posture. A pillow change may be in order. Good luck.


Hemifacial Spasm Remedies  

Posted by Lin (Florida) on 07/25/2013

I am posting this in hopes that someone knows a natural treatment for hemifacial spasms. I do not want to take drugs or get botox injections.

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
07/26/2013

Hi Lin from Florida - Are you able to visit a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner? Perhaps a licensed acupuncturist would help. I did hear that SPZM tablets have alleviated various spasms (including facial, upper back, neck, etc.). They are available at Amazon as well as other online suppliers. I'm sure a TCM doctor would have them as well.

One customer review for SPZM tablets (on pureformulas.com) said: "I have been using SPZM for over six months to help control my hemifacial spasms. It has helped me quite a bit with this condition with no noticeable side effects."

Hope this helps. Cheers, Bess

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
07/27/2013

Dear Lin from Florida, Looks like Bess had some great ideas for you! A couple of things come to my mind that you could safely, easily and inexpensively try. One is Blackstrap molasses. 1 T, once or twice a day. (Right off the spoon, or mixed in milk or coffee or whatever.) I have seen it so helpful for calming muscle problems.

Another thing to try is chamomile tea. At least 2 mugs a day. But it is very relaxing and might make you sleepy. Pour boiling water over the tea bag in a mug. Let it steep for 10 minutes or so. Remove tea bag and sweeten if you like.

Finally, some peppermint and/or lavender essential oil massaged in the area of spasm a couple of times a day, or when it is bothering you might help. The peppermint oil is pretty strong and you might want to mix a few drops into 1/2 t. of coconut oil. Don't get it in your eyes. It will not cause long term harm, but it will not be comfortable.

Let us know what helps you!

~Mama to Many~



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