Whether you’re just getting back into your routine, or tried a new workout for the first time, here are a few tips you can try that may bring comfort and help you relax sore muscles.
Stretch before and after your workout.
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way.
Take a cold shower, bath or use an ice pack.
Applying cold is helpful when you want to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. It can also reduce painful muscle spasms. Be sure to immediately ice a new injury to keep swelling in check and reduce the pain of pressure on the injury.
Your muscles need time to recuperate and grow, prevailing wisdom states that you should give sore muscles 1 to 2 days of rest before exercising them hard again.
Use a foam roller.
Using a foam roller helps to locate tender muscle areas, then reduce pain through pressure. It can also help prevent injury and increase your range of motion.
If you have questions about your current exercise routine, contact your physical therapist at Sports Physical Therapists!