If you have sore muscles or even a muscle strain, you might consider an over-the-counter pain medicine or medicated cream. However, there are several natural ways to keep pain to a minimum and keep you moving through the day.
If you are suffering from muscle tenderness, soreness or pain, you shouldn’t necessarily stop all activity. In fact, some light movement can lessen the pain by getting blood flowing to the muscles. This blood flow actually will help the muscles recover. So even if you spend most of your day working at a desk, get up and move around every hour or so and you will find that your muscles won’t become dry and stiff.
Drink plenty of water. Water not only improves our immune system and makes our skin look fresh; it helps our muscles, as well. Sore muscles are already dehydrated, so don’t make them suffer more by denying them the healing power of water. After all, when your blood becomes dehydrated it begins taking water from tissues and cells, further damaging your muscles. Drinking water is a cheap and effective way to help heal sore muscles.
One of the most time-tested remedies is to apply a cold pack to sore muscles. This reduces inflammation and can keep pain to a minimum. Even better, it tends to reduce pain very quickly, which is a huge plus. You can purchase a cold pack or just freeze a small wet towel or washcloth in a plastic baggie and then apply it to the sore area. If you are really desperate, grab that two-year-old bag of frozen peas and use that until the towel freezes.
A physiological hybrid shape is another great option, especially if you still wish to exercise when your muscles are sore. RapidForce’s physiological hybrid shapes, for example, are easy to use and adhere to the skin with a medical-grade adhesive so it won’t fall off when you are moving around. You can opt for shapes for your knees, shoulders, elbows or your lower or upper back.
The physio hybrid shape adhesive is designed to support sore muscles by pulling strength from nearby muscles. Because the shapes eliminate pain, many athletes will use them during a workout. Even if you don’t plain to do any hard exercise, they will help you with a light exercise that will get blood flowing to the sore area, thus beginning the healing process.