Hit the gym harder than usual?
Did some extra revamping of your yard or garden?
Cleaned out that back closet after several years of dust gathering?
Whatever the reason for your soreness, many people reach for pain reliving medications to ease the feeling. While it may seem counter intuitive taking pain medication could actually extend the amount of healing time it takes you to feel better.
Intense exercise creates mico-tears in the muscle fibers. That tearing alerts an immune response within the body that involves inflammation and soreness as it heals. Pain medications can disrupt the natural cycle of inflammation and subsequent healing with out really offering much relief.
There are some natural things you can do that will help you feel better while your body repairs itself:
Epsom Salts Baths – this can help detoxify and relax sore muscles after a trying day or injury.
Ice Packs – Ice is a natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory agent that is non-invasive and has no side effects. Apply 20 min at a time to the inflamed area.
Arnica – Gel and sublingual tablets – arnica helps your body with bruising, trauma, and muscle soreness. It is great post work out, post-surgery, or post car accident to help you heal faster.
Turmeric – Superpower herb to decrease inflammation. Can be taken in capsules or sprinkled on food.
Cayenne – Capsaicin found in cayenne peppers and other hot peppers can help ease pain. It is found in cremes like Ben Gay and Icy Hot to rub on topically. Make sure to wash your hands after application.
Heat packs – heat may also bring relief from pain and soreness.
Drink extra water – Staying hydrated allows the body to work on all cylinders so drink up.
Electrolytes – Maintaining your natural balance helps your body function and heal more quickly.
Rest – This is the big one. You have completed the task, now its time to rest. Rest is just as important in working out as the exercise is. Give your body the time and space it needs to heal.
Come see us at Kaster Chiropractic and Associates in Fort Myers, Florida. www.kasterchiropractic.com.