Main Causes of a Sore Body

The human body is designed to perform a variety of tasks throughout the day but even so, at the end of a long day, it is not uncommon for people to experience an overall sore body.  There are some conditions, however, that can actually make you feel sore, and so it is important to know when that achiness is normal and when to seek medical advice.

A complex network of muscles, bone, nerves, tendons and ligaments make mobility possible for all living creatures, but few are as intricate as the human body.  All of these systems working together allow humans the ability to use the body as a vehicle, as well as to perform a variety of tasks and activities.  That being said, the body also has its limitations.  Many people do not utilize their muscle groups to their optimal level due to the sedentary lives that they lead. Yet these same people will, from time to time, engage in activities that push the muscles to their limits and beyond. Sitting at a desk five days a week where little movement is require is poor training for a fast paced, energetic four hour basketball session with the guys on Saturday.  The result will often be a general achiness the following day and even into the next as the body attempts to repair damage that was done to unprepared muscle groups. 

Sometimes this achiness takes over the entire body because of the strenuous nature of the activity performed.  An example is spring yard cleanup.  After a long dreary winter, most people are anxious to get outdoors on the first warm day of spring to spruce up their burgeoning landscapes.  They spend long hours outdoors, raking dead leaves, aerating lawns, mowing grass, spreading mulch, planting flowers and shrubs and more.  These activities will provide a full body workout that will rival any seen on any of the popular exercise programs, but as the individuals discover, it comes at great cost.  The following day, every move made will be met with pain and stiffness as muscles which have been as dormant as the lawns that were worked on resist any further demands.  The sore body can be relieved somewhat by soaking in a warm tub, massaged with pain medicated body creams or simply given the rest they require. 

There are other times, however, that the body experiences general all over achiness and stiffness when no unusual exertion has been performed.  If the soreness is accompanied by headaches, sore throat, dizziness and fever, there is likely a medical cause that is creating the symptoms.  Influenza, mononucleosis, viral infections, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease and even our old nemesis, the common cold are all culprits that carry the symptom of soreness of the body.  The additional symptoms will generally follow the overall achiness that often is the heralding sign that something is amiss within.  Rest and letting the condition run its course is the prescription for many of these common complaints; however, others will require medical attention.  The best clue that you may need medical intervention is when the symptoms do not lessen and then disappear within 7 days.  Also, if you experience chronic body achiness, it is best to have a thorough examination to ensure that there is no underlying condition causing the problem.

For most people, overexertion is the main reason for having a sore body.  Realizing that your body has limits and undertaking unusual tasks or activities gradually can avoid that overall achy feeling.  If it’s too late for that, taking long rests, soothing baths and even an over the counter pain medication will have you back on the mend within a few days.


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