Whether it’s a result of illness, overuse or even underused, muscle aches and pains can take a toll when it comes to getting up and moving again. But when life can’t be put on hold for a few days until it subsides, it’s important to give your body the care it needs to get back to it.
The following are four tips for easing muscle aches and pains to help get your body feeling and moving better once more:
1. Move It, Move It
Moving when you’re already in pain may seem counter-intuitive, if not impossible, but making your muscles work through the pain is one of the best things you can do. Why? Movement improves blood circulation throughout the body, and blood carries essential oxygen and nutrients. As you move, your muscles will receive re-vitalizing energy that actually alleviates the aches and pains you would feel from resting or staying still. Just make sure to keep it slow and easy.
2. Soak It Off
You may have been told before that applying heat can help muscles release tension. The same concept applies to a hot bath or soak. This will help ease your stiff muscles and make you sleepy so you can wake up feeling refreshed. You can also try adding Epsom salt to maximize the benefits of your soak.
Sore, achy muscles can often be the result of dehydration. Even if you don’t feel dehydrated, working your muscles uses up a lot of energy, causing the body to sweat and use up those fluids. Any time you work out, stay hydrated to lessen the effects this can have on your muscles. If you’re already achy, increase your water intake to help the muscles repair.
4. Massage Therapy
Similar to movement, massage therapy enhances your body’s circulation to bring more energy to those sore or achy muscles. The strokes and touches can be adapted to stimulate areas of the body where relief is needed most, and stretches can be incorporated as well to help the muscles become more pliable and flexible. Just be sure to schedule a session with a trained and licensed massage therapist.
Putting Your Body First
Even though daily life may make it difficult to always find time to take care of yourself, you should always try to put your body first. These tips are simple, but effective, tools that can help alleviate muscle aches and pains. Or, they can be part of a proactive self-care treatment plan to always keep your body in the best shape possible.