Small adhesions between individual muscle fibres, causing pain and stiffness; commonly caused by habitual strain due to occupational or postural habits, by unaccustomed strain, or by emotional tension; one of the commonest causes of backache (see Lumbago). Usually clears up in 3-4 days, provided muscles have not been torn.

Specific remedies to be taken 3-hourly for up to 2 days

  • If pain comes on suddenly in cold dry weather and seems to be aggravated by movement, person restless and apprehensive Aconite 30c
  • Muscles feel bruised, as if from sleeping on a bed that is too hard, movement makes pain worse, physical restlessness, irritability Arnica 30c
  • Fibrositis in neck, back, and limbs, made worse by movement and by dry, cold, east winds, soothed by pressure Bryonia 30c
  • Aching, tearing pains in limb muscles, with stiffness or weakness, pain wears off in warm, wet weather, but gets worse in cold Causticum 30c
  • Pain and stiffness, having to get up in night because of pain, feeling bad tempered, as if nothing is going right Chamomilla 30c
  • Affected muscles feel cold but pain and stiffness relieved by cold applications Ledum 30c
  • Pain and stiffness worse in damp weather, in cold dry weather, after exercise, and around 4 am, turning over in bed hurts, pressure brings some relief, feeling very irritable Nux 30c
  • Muscles stiff after overuse, stiffness improves with gentle movement, restlessness Rhus tox. 30c

Self-help: Take hot baths, and apply hot and cold compresses alternately to stimulate circulation. Soft tissue treatment from a physiotherapist or osteopath would also help. Also, you could try the Liver Diet for 1 month.

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Related to Muscles, Bones & Joints
  National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
  British Chiropractic Association
  Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
  Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  General Osteopathic Council
  Arthritic Association
  West London School of Therapeutic Massage
  Arthritis Care
  British Osteopathic Association (BOA)

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