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Chest muscle pain is rather common for a number of reasons, and although the sensation can be somewhat alarming, more often than not it is due to non-life-threatening issues. Common causes include increased activity with exercise, an injury to the chest, pneumonia or blood clot, or violent coughing.
Minor chest pains brought on by increased activity have a few simple treatments to follow. Simply resting and decreasing major movement in the area as well as applying ice will decrease the pain and swelling. It’s also very important to lay your body correctly when going to sleep or taking a nap so that you do not put more pressure on the injury. Turning, twisting, and other such motions should be avoided as much as possible since they may aggravate the pain.
In more mild cases such as coughs, normally the better your cough gets you’ll feel the same with the chest pain. NSAIDs or acetaminophens are good choices to help subside chest pain.
Another important cause of chest muscle pain includes anxiety attacks. Panic attacks can have a very random but strong occurrence and such events tend to contract the muscles in the chest wall. This sometimes makes it harder to breathe and can result in loss of consciousness in more extreme cases. Panic/anxiety attacks are mainly a psychological phenomenon which can be treated with certain medications and even regular meditation. Activities such as meditation and yoga on a regular basis help relax the mind as well as the body so panic and anxiety disorders occur less often.
In more severe cases, heart attack is a cause for chest pain. Symptoms include irregular heartbeat and strong pain in the chest. It differs completely from chest wall pain. Things like blood clots make it harder for blood to flow through the system causing a number of problems.
Some suggestions for preventing a serious ordeal like heart attack is to change eating habits. Many fattening, greasy and heavy foods eventually lead to a general slowing down of blood flow. High blood pressure is another culprit of this chest pain which can lead to heart attack. Having a balanced diet will make the body feel a lot healthier as well as not work hard when performing it’s duties. Regular exercise also is great for helping the heart rate as well as resting the body when it’s more stationary.
Some common prevention tips for overall muscle pain includes limiting drink intake. Alcohol can often produce burning chest pains, and it’s unsafe to have more than one (for women) and two drinks (for men) daily. Smoking is another cause of chest pain because it can lead to lung cancer which has a tremendous effect on the chest. Tobacco smoke is a huge culprit for this cancer. Sometimes, body temperature plays a part in chest pain, so it’s important to have an environment that caters to more of a room temperature setting.
These are a few tips, treatments, and suggestions that will greatly help in curbing your chest muscle pain, so that you live a much healthier and prosperous lifestyle.