Sore Muscle Relief

Techniques to Help With Sore Muscle Relief

Sore muscle relief products and techniques are advertised everywhere these days.  However, it is hard to tell which ones actually work.  Tender muscles are usually caused by doing something that your body isn't used to.  That could be intense physical exercise, starting a new workout, or just by doing something new.  There are many cost-effective options you can do at home to provide sore muscle relief.

As a teenager, I would lift weights and run on almost a daily basis.  However, when I started my summer job working in a warehouse, my feet and legs became really achy.  That's because I wasn't used to being on my feet for 8 hours a day.  That's something that you really can't prepare for.  There are products out there than do help with muscle soreness, but I'd rather focus on the things you can do at home that will help.

An inexpensive form of sore muscle relief is applying ice to the affected area for about 15-20 minutes.  This helps reduce swelling and inflammation.  It also helps to elevate the achy area if possible.  There are plenty options available when using ice for sore muscle relief.  You can fill up a zip lock bag with ice, use ice packs, or get creative and use something from your freezer.  There have been plenty of times when I've used bags of frozen vegetables for sore muscle relief.  Just make sure to put the bags back in the freezer!

Another effective option for sore muscle relief is to drink plenty of water.  This helps your body run more efficiently, which in turn helps it adapt to the activity that was the cause of the muscle soreness.  My goal is to consume at least 8 12 ounce glasses of water every day, which comes to a total of 96 ounces.  Water carries nutrients throughout your body to your muscles, which will help your hurting muscles.

A popular technique for sore muscle relief is massage.  You're muscles become sore because of damage to your muscle fibers and connective tissue.  Massaging these muscles can help relieve the pain, which can lead to the restoration of the muscle fibers.  Professional massages can be rather expensive, so try and get on the good side of your significant other and ask him/her for a massage!  Either way, have the masseuse focus on your tender muscles, which might be filled with knots.  Working those muscles will help you recover, plus it's a form of sore muscle relief that feels great!

Stretching is what I would recommend first for sore muscle relief.  As someone who always wants to try new exercises, I've experienced quite a bit of muscle soreness.  I've found stretching to be the most effective way to deal with the pain.  I recommend doing it before and after every workout.  Also, flexibility helps prevent muscle soreness and injury.  I like to stretch for at least 10 to 15 minutes, after a proper warm-up or cool down, depending on whether you're starting r finishing your workout.

Simply resting can help your muscles recover and gradually relieve them of pain.  However, this really depends on each individual person.  Some people like to continue exercising, even if they're still sore from a previous workout.  Moving around and getting the blood flowing can help aid sore muscle relief. 

On the other hand, some people think if they exercise sore muscles that it could lead to a more serious injury.  There really isn't a consensus on this, it depends on the person.  I usually try and at least do a little exercising, even if my muscles are sore.  For example, if my legs were achy, I might go for a slow jog to help loosen them up, followed by some stretching.  That's just my personal preference though.  I recommend trying all of these sore muscle relief techniques to see which ones work the best for you.