As the summer starts to close and school bells ring, students get excited for their new activities. Whether it is volleyball, running, soccer, or football, student athletes are ready for new adventures. However with new activities, muscle pain and soreness tends to accompany the fun. What can athletes turn to for pain relief?
Here are 4 ways to relieve muscle soreness or injury pain:
- Drink Lots of Water and Pack in the Protein. Water will keep you hydrated and help keep fluids moving through the body. Also your muscles crave protein, so drink a protein shake or eat food high in protein post-workout to help keep muscles from cramping.
- Ice. This is a quick easy fix to help reduce swelling and pain in muscles. Icing for 20 minutes every hour for 8-10 hours helps reduce the pain and swelling so you can move again slowly and regain your muscle strength. It will promote healing and reduce tissue inflammation.
- Stretch and Move More. Before you succumb to lying on the couch and resting, stretch your sore muscles and move. Slowly and gently get the blood flowing, so the injury or sore muscle can heal more quickly. Some light yoga or Pilates can really help with recovery if taken slowly.
- Topical Analgesic. Topical gels applied directly to the sore muscle or injury can instantly provide relief. Typically, the gel provides a cooling effect and helps the blood circulate to the injured area. This type of relief reduces pain to give you comfort as you heal. Some even find it relaxes the muscle to promote healing and ease of movement quicker.
Needless to say as students head into their sporting events for the year, they can experience muscle pain and injuries that can cause soreness. Usually this soreness is manageable with ice, but sometimes it requires more. We recently had a young runner in the store with soreness around her shin and knee. We recommended Biofreeze and it worked wonders. She was able to start moving slowly and get the blood flowing to the injury for a quicker recovery. Biofreeze is one of our many pain management products that you can try at our Coldwater location and help nurse your athlete’s pain to a full recovery. You can contact us at 1-800-617-6795 or 419-678-4979.
Stop by today and try a sample to get muscle pain reduced or eliminated.