If you haven't had achy muscles after a tough workout, you may not have pressed yourself to the limit. That's okay, you're at least exercising! However, for those of us who do push toward the ultimate potential, aching muscles are part of the price. There are ways to deal with pain after a workout and get back to normal. These techniques help speed the muscle repair process in a number of ways. If you find the pain excruciating or prolonged, you may need to seek medical attention.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is the name for it and ice baths, ice packs or a cryo chamber is one way to deal with it.
For the longest time, professional athletes sat in baths of ice after a tough game. Most people still use ice packs for injury, especially if there's swelling. It helps reduce the inflammation. Soreness without swelling can use heat packs to improve circulation. Today, rather than ice pack or ice baths, many sports teams have cryo chambers. It only takes two to three minutes. It not only reduces inflammation, but boosts circulation when you exit.
Stretch away the aches and pains.
Sometimes all you need is to stretch before and after you exercise to help sore muscles. It often works to relieve muscle pain. Warm up first by moving briskly, walking or marching in place or swinging your arms. Light exercise, such as swimming or walking can also speed up the elimination of lactic acid that's built up in the muscles and help reduce the pain.
Try a low wave infrared after a workout.
The use of infrared light for pain has been studied over 40 years. The therapy increases the circulation, which helps bring relief from inflammation, boosts tissue repair and wound healing, reduces pain and has a number of other virtues not related to working out. These handy devices are inexpensive now that they're more popular, but at one time were excessive in price. That's when people used the infrared lights created to provide night vision for surveillance cameras.
- Make sure you're not just thirsty. Sometimes, you just need to hydrate to get pain relief. Water, not a sports drink, is the best way to do it, unless your workout was extremely long and sweaty and you lost a lot of electrolytes.
- A heating pad can boost your circulation and bring a great deal of relief to sore muscle groups.
- Don't forget about a massage. It works on aiding circulation around the sore area. You can do self massage or use a foam roller, too.
- Consider some pineapple or tart cherries. You eat them, not rub them on your skin. The bromelain in pineapple provides anti-inflammatory properties that compare to aspirin and other anti-inflammatory meds. Tart cherries also have anti-inflammatory substances.