Exercising is necessary in any daily regimen to maintain a healthy life style. Combined with eating well, your body should be the epitome of health. However, when exercise is taken to the extreme or parts of the body become strained, there can be an intense pain when warming down your muscles known as “muscle fever.” These are some ways to avoid that muscle pain; so that you can keep on those weights pumping without the physical consequences.
- Medical Intervention
While muscle pain is a ‘sign that your body is on the move to improvements in strength,’ Michele Olson, a professor at Auburn University, it is important to remember that it is also a sign that you have overloaded your muscles with work and now they need the time to heal. Anti-inflammatory medication can be useful if experiencing extreme pain from a recent workout. This can be in the form of ibuprofen or even a muscle heating pad. However, it is very unhealthy to constantly take these pills as a means of “masking” the pain that your muscles are feeling. It is recommended that you see a doctor instead, as it is likely that taking too many of these pain reliever pills will lead to addiction.
- Stretches and Muscle Warmth
Athletes may pick certain sports to train with to exercise different muscles or areas of their bodies. This is the same for when it is time to warm down after a workout. Stretches are a good way of picking different muscles and warming them up to avoid strain. Lunges will focus on the leg muscles and ensure that they are warm and malleable when being worked out. This will make it less likely to have pain once the training regime is complete. For more severe muscle pain, it may be a good idea to look into a sports massage or invest in a massaging machine. Foam rolling may be an alternative, cheap, technique to a massage.
- Compression Clothing
When considering orthopaedic treatment to ease any injuries or pain after an intense workout/ training session mishap, you may want to prepare your body by using compression clothing. While no evidence has been found that says compression clothing does aid with the pain, tighter clothes in general stop leg muscles from swelling after an intense workout. As they do not swell, this means that the symptoms of pain may decrease.
- Hot/Cold Showers
Recovery showers can be the perfect means of resting your body and muscles after a hard hour of exercising. While there are arguments against both a hot and cold shower, it is actually recommended to have both of these types of showers after you exercise. A cold shower can constrict your blood vessels, forcing the blood to travel to different areas of your body, while hot showers can cause your blood vessels to expand. A combination of this, also known as a form of hydrotherapy, can carry nutrients in your blood stream quicker to your muscles, making them less likely to be pained after an intense workout.