What to Do When Muscle Pain Holds You Back


Muscle pain hits us all eventually and in different ways. It could be strain brought on by a weekend home improvement project, or the morning after starting a new workout routine.


When we get older, just sleeping wrong can mean waking up with a muscle ache that hangs around for a whole day or three.


Whatever the cause, muscle pain is something that can be easily managed in most cases. There are also several great preventative measures one can take to keep the rare strain or pull from ever happening in the first place.


Here are a few tricks anyone can treat those sore muscles or keep muscle pain at bay so that it never happens, and leave you to seize the moment.


Hydrate

Humans are roughly 60% water, so it should go without saying that we should drink plenty of it. Not getting enough water leads to all sorts of issues like muscle cramps, constipation, fatigue, lightheadedness, and that foggy feeling like right after waking up.

Going about our day means that we tear down our bodies on some level, and water is the crucial ingredient in rebuilding what the stress of daily life takes down. On average, a man should drink 3.7 liters of water per day, and for women that number is 2.7 liters.  Factors like size, elevation, weather, and activity level can change the recommended amount, however.



Warm Up Before Exercise

Most people don’t just hop out of bed and immediately get in the car and drive to work. Most people need to wake up first. Your muscles are the same way. Suddenly doing reps with weights or taking off for a run without waking them up first is a good way to injure them. Even if you avoid injury, not warming up will increase the level of soreness (lactic acid buildup) after your workout. So start light, stretch a little bit, and ease into it before doing any form of exercise.


Stretch

As stated above, stretching before a workout is a part of any good warmup. However, stretching is also something that should be done throughout the day. There are plenty of other times where a good stretch can do a body wonders. One is stretching as soon as you wake up before getting out of bed. It can help relieve the physical stress from an awkward sleeping position, and get the blood flowing.

Taking a moment to stretch during work can help alleviate many aches and pains, especially in jobs that require a lot of sitting. Always take a few moments to stretch out the muscles five or six times a day. It feels good, gives you energy, and keeps your muscles limber and more resistant to injury.


Use the Sore Muscles

One reason we get sore muscles is from the buildup of lactic acid after strenuous activity. When this is the reason for sore muscles, not with an actual injury, working the muscles further will help push out the lactic acid, and get your muscles feeling great again.


Medication

A little bit of ibuprofen might work well for someone who pulled a muscle after a long day, but a quick fix like that isn’t for everyone. Some muscle pain doesn’t go away quickly. Severe injury or diseases like fibromyalgia often result in long-term pain. Medications for chronic muscle pain treatment vary, and each one has its different uses. Finding the right one though can give a person their life back. Consult a doctor before giving them a try.


Massage

This can be handled in a couple of ways, depending on your muscle’s needs. If it’s a minor ache or pain in your shoulder or leg, a little plug in massager might be all you need or even a massaging chair for a bit of back pain. More severe muscle pain might require the hands of a licensed massage therapist. Just make sure the massage therapist you chose is legit to avoid any misunderstanding.



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