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5 Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

 

4. Take a Hot Bath… Or a Cold One.

For decades, professional athletes have sworn by ice baths as a treatment for injuries — and the research backs up their claims. If you can muster up the courage after a particularly strenuous workout, draw yourself a bath at a temperature between 54 and 59 degrees and stay in it for up to 5 minutes. You can also, of course, soak in a hot bath, which will also provide some relief — though perhaps not as much.

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5. Alternate Hot and Cold.

Alternating 15 minutes of an ice pack and 15 minutes of a heat pack is a great way to promote your circulation and help with recovery. Always start with the heat pack and end with the ice pack.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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4:17PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

My PT suggested a golf ball muscle roller which helped reduce my soreness way more than anything else i have tried, you should look into it. www.zzathletics.com

7:58AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

One thing not mentioned in the article, add Epsom salt to the hot bath. Magnesium will be absorbed through the skin and sooth your sore body. Sure would like to have the massage to go along with it!!!!!

2:34AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

ohhhhhhhhhh how nice relaxing sounds ^_^

3:58AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

I take m agnesium tablets, I drink water as well to keep my muscles hydrated and me too and I use Eucalyptus oil and massage it into my sore muscles. Its brilliant and it grows madly in Australia but Im sure you can get it where you live. Keep your muscles warm or do the cold/warm treatment and keep moving dont sit or stop b/c then the problem escalates.

I go to the gym and i just go gently around and ease into it. Hot showers are my thing too. Bliss as well as acupressure/reflexology/massage...bliss if you can find a good one

4:38PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Lisa's point about magnesium is well-taken. Recently added it to my daily vitamin regimen. Also, I've just learned about the benefits of horse chestnut - aid circulation in legs. I take it with 1000 mg vitamin C. In truthfulness, it's too soon for me to know if it makes a difference.

10:03AM PDT on May 17, 2013

thanks

10:01AM PDT on May 17, 2013

awesome tips! thanks

12:36PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Great ideas, and a massage does sound great

3:26AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

a massage sounds Heavenly right now!!!

11:09AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

szkoda, że to nie zawsze działa, cierpię na fibromialgię i silny ból mięśni

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