How to Ease Sore Muscles


Sore muscles can be very uncomfortable. When the body is sore it also affects our ability to focus on day to day aspects of life. Sore muscles can be caused by a variety of different things. These can range from strenuous exercise, trauma, sleeping or sitting awkwardly for long periods of time or lifting heavy objects in a manner that was incorrect. There are over the counter medications, massage therapists and other treatment options available to you to relieve sore muscles. There are several simple options that you can try at home to help your condition before spending any money.

Procedure:

Step 1

Apply a heating pad or ice pack to the area that is sore. Wrap the ice pack in a cloth or towel to keep it from burning the skin. Place the ice back on the area for an interval of 20 minutes. Remove the ice pack and give your body the chance to respond. Reapply the cold ice pack every hour adhering to the 20 minute exposure rule. A warm shower or heating pad may also help relieve any discomfort.

Step 2

Sore muscles can be the result of lactic acid build up from strenuous exercise. Stretch the sore limb or area to gently promote the release of lactic acid that is built up in your muscles. Gently extend your body and concentrate on your breathing. The right breathing can also assist with pain management.

Step 4

The affects of good circulation is invaluable. In the case of soreness in the body increased circulation can promote pain relieving properties in the body. You should increase circulation. Talk a 15-30 minute daily walk.  The exercise is to increase your circulation. Increased circulation will help disburse oxygen to your tired and achy muscles.

Step 5

Increase your fluids intake. There is no better fluid for the body than water. Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water every day. This is 64 oz. If you can drink more than that you should. The more active you are the more your hydration needs are. Dehydration can make your soreness worse than if you were well hydrated.

Step 6

Avoid as much strenuous activity as possible while you are in pain. No heavy lifting, exercising or otherwise stretching the area that is sore. You can gently massage the area that is sore to promote the release of lactic acid buildup in the muscles.

Step 7

Take an over the counter anti inflammatory. Aspirin, Naproxen, and Ibuprofen are available to you over the counter. These medications help relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the body.  These medications can relieve mild to severe pain temporarily when taken properly. They should be taken as directed.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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