Everyone will, at some point in their lives, experience the sort of discomfort that you’d tend to describe as a niggle. The sensation isn’t quite a pain, you don’t require painkillers, and it doesn’t appear to be preventing you from going about your daily business. However, it’s there, and it isn’t going away. Now and then you may find yourself in a certain position, and it will twinge or tweak or pull. The feeling is becoming chronic, and no exercise that you do is making it go away.

These sorts of niggles are most commonly felt in our joints or muscles. You could have chronic lower backache, or you may have a heavy feeling in your knee. Whatever the niggle, you should listen to the warning signs. The sensation is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right and that you should get it checked out. Take a look at these reasons why you should never ignore a niggle.

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Your Niggle Could Be A Symptom

A medical professional is the best person to visit if you have any discomfort. They will be able to assess your situation and offer the appropriate advice. A niggle could be all manner of things including a symptom of something more serious that requires attention. An ache in a joint could be the initial flare up of Lyme disease or gout. By catching the symptom early, before it goes on to cause pain, you will be limiting the effect that it has on your daily activities.

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Exercise Niggles

If you are an avid runner or you love nothing more than heading to the gym to pump some weights, you are more at risk of developing an exercise related injury. Sometimes, this injury doesn’t cause pain, but at the same time, you know that something doesn’t feel right. Knee injuries are one of the most common gym injuries for weight lifters, runners and even those taking the Zumba class.

The knees are the very core of most exercises from squats to the plank. It’s vital that at the first sign of a niggle, you visit a knee surgeon who can assess your symptoms. Catch it early enough, and your surgeon will most likely suggest a non-operative course of action which will see your niggle diminish quickly and have you back in the gym in no time. Ignore it, and you could find yourself developing a chronic pain that requires more intrusive and long term treatment.

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Lifestyle Choices

If you have only noticed that niggle develop after a summer of excess, then it could be down to the extra few pounds you put on sampling the all of the delightful local cuisine on your holiday for a fortnight.

If you drink or smoke, you could also be allowing your lifestyle choices affect how healthy you are. Both can cause your bones to become weaker, with alcohol making calcium absorption by your body more difficult. This can lead to unexplained aches and niggles. Reassess your lifestyle, cut down on the alcohol and quit smoking, and you may find some immediate relief.

Your body is ultimately a finely tuned machine that needs taking care of. It’s up to you to listen to the niggles, heed the warning signs and ensure that you remain fit and healthy.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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