Sore muscles are a kind of like death and taxes – they’re something everyone has to go through at one time or another. Whether it be from a hard workout, illness or a tough day on the job, you don’t have to reach for a pill to cure what’s ailing you. Using these simple home remedies can help your muscles recover and alleviate some of the pain.
What Causes Sore Muscles?
Soreness after exertion is usually caused by micro tears in the muscles. As the muscles get stronger and rebuild, the soreness will diminish, but the first few days after a new physical activity can leave you feeling like someone snuck into your house and beat you up while you were sleeping. That’s totally normal! Unless, of course, the pain is severe or incapacitating, then you should seek help from a trained medical professional.
Most people have heard of Epsom salt to treat sore muscles. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, a mineral that has a natural sedative-like effect on the nervous system which helps to relax tight muscles. It also helps to detoxify, which helps to sooth sore muscles and joints. All you need to do here is dissolve two cups of Epsom salt in a warm bath and soak for about 20 minutes. Please note, however, that this treatment is not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes or heart problems.
Some people really swear by this stuff! It contains a natural analgesic called helenin and other anti-inflammatory compounds that really help out those sore muscles. It can also help with swelling or sprains.
Perhaps the last thing you want to do when you’re sore, but getting up and moving will help keep your muscles loose and help work out the soreness. This is definitely a “hair of the dog that bit you” kind of situation, because doing more of what got you sore in the first place will help. Just keep thinking that you’re building muscles if you need a mantra to get you through!
Magnesium is very important for your muscles, so making sure you’re getting enough in your diet will keep your muscles healthy and muscles cramps and soreness in check. You can get more magnesium in your diet by adding bananas, molasses, squash, pumpkin seeds, spinach, black beans, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews, just to name a few.
Massage is great at getting the blood flowing in your sore muscles. Improving circulation will help to hurry healing. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get a relaxing massage!
So, next time you have some muscle soreness, try a few of these remedies to get you up and moving again!
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