How can you relieve stiff muscles?
Often, we see someone walking around with a sprained neck because they slept in a weird angle. Or maybe they’re limping in pain because they’ve had a leg day at the gym. Muscle stiffness is a common problem that most of us experience at some point in our life – and for some unfortunate souls amongst us, it may be an everyday experience! The pain may be slight but the inhibited movement of the muscle is what bothers us the most. It always feels like something is wrong, and we always feel uncomfortable. To get rid of the muscle stiffness, understanding the cause is important.
Some common causes for muscle stiffness are:
- Muscle soreness
- Muscle knots
- Inflammation due to arthritis
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Sore muscles are just overworked muscles that need to be stretched and relaxed at the same time. To treat stiff and sore muscles, you need to give your muscles a cool down period. Stretching the muscle gently and periodically is one of the easiest ways to get rid of sore muscles. Along with this, you can get a massage and a spa. Alternatively, you can use a cool pad to reduce the swelling and inflammation of muscles. And that’s where Cold Therapy – or cryotherapy – comes into play. An ice pack is one of the most traditional and hassle-free ways of dealing with pain. While it does cool down the swelling, it’s tough to go about your day while holding an ice pack at all times. Switching to more unconventional treatment options like a pain relief gel or other cool therapy products is an effective way to relieve stiff muscles. BioFrost has a range of cryotherapy-inspired products that, with the aid of cooling menthol, immediately penetrate the upper layer of the skin and send a soothing sensations to the brain. It inhibits (read: blocks!) the pain receptors, helping you make the most out of each day.
Taking an ice bath is also an option. We also recommend consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants like kale and pomegranate along with your protein-rich post workout meals. Muscles should usually heal in a day or two. Post that, if the problem still persists, you must consult a doctor and get checked for injuries.