Muscles sore? Common sense says to steer clear of exercise, as that's bound to make them ache more - but that's where common sense is wrong. In fact, a new study has found that exercise can soothe sore muscles just as well as massage does! And there's another surprising way to soothe muscle pain…
Thoughts of a deep massage are usually all that runs through your mind after a tough workout that gets your muscles pumping.
There’s nothing wrong with this.
In fact, massage doesn’t just feel good. It really does help your muscles recover after vigorous exercise
That’s because vigorous exercise
causes tiny tears in muscle
fibres, which results in inflammation as the body gets to work repairing the injured cells.
And massage reduces the production of cytokines, which play a critical role in this inflammation, says the New York Times
Muscle pain relief method 2: Try gentle warm-up exercises
But you have another option – especially if you don’t want to affect your fitness programme while you wait for your muscles to recover.
Because new research shows that doing warm-up exercises to relieve muscles pain works just as well as massage, says TheTimesLive
All you need to do is a ten-minute dynamic warm up of gentle, fluid repetitions of two- to three-second holds with more repetitions, adds The French Tribune.
Just keep in mind that both exercise and massage only offer temporary relief for 20 minutes to an hour after treatment.
Muscle pain relief method 3: Chew raw garlic
So if your relief so far is only temporary, try chewing raw garlic.
Because garlic contains allicin, which also helps relieve muscle pain, says FSP Health
The choice is yours – try all three methods of muscle pain relief and you’ll soon feel ready for more exercise!