muscle soreness

Relieving Muscle Soreness

Relieving Muscle Soreness

Muscle soreness often occurs after vigorous exercise. A few common causes include muscle tension in a particular area of your body, overusing one of your muscles during physical activity, and injuring your muscle while engaging in a physically demanding workout. Not all muscle aches, however, relate to physical activities. Several medical explanations for the condition are:

  • Inflammatory myopathy
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Drugs
  • Dermatomyositis

According to the National Institutes of Health, the 3 types of pain associated with exercise are: 1. Pain you experience during or immediately after exercise. 2. Delayed onset muscle pain, and 3. Pain caused by muscle cramps. Delayed onset muscle soreness is, in many cases, the result of microscopic tears in your muscles and surrounding connective tissue. Soreness is actually a natural result of exercise and a sign your muscles are reaping the reward for hard work. Valuable information about how to relieve muscle soreness is below.

  • Do stress-relieving activities such as meditation and yoga.
  • Stretch your muscles before they start to stiffen. This helps them become more flexible.
  • Soak in a hot bathtub. It helps to ease stiff muscles.
  • Gently massage your aching muscles to help the blood flow through.
  • Use topical menthol because it causes calcium ions to affect neurons that sense temperature. It also causes a cooling sensation.
  • Try acupuncture on your tender points. It affects your sensitized pain receptors by decreasing your brain’s pain message.

Fitness-related muscle soreness is very common. It is a reminder of how much you push yourself during intense exercise. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can help ease the pain. For more information please contact us.