Sore muscles happen to all of us at some point or another. Some people experience sore muscles more frequently than others. Whether it was from an intense workout, a spur of the moment weekend adventure, or a let’s tackle this yard or house project all at once, you are bound to feel the aches, pains, and stiffness for the next couple of days. Sore muscles are probably the number one reason most of my clients come to see me, followed closely by stress reduction, headaches, and overall wellness and maintenance.
I know that I can speak for myself when I can say that I cannot even count the number of times where going up and down my 3 flights of stairs has been a challenge, and even putting on my shirt in the morning is a struggle. Between doing CrossFit, Yoga, massaging clients, and of course playing with and exercising my puppy, I live a very active life. With being so active, I often find that my muscles become stiff and sore. So how do I bounce back to make sure that I can keep giving my clients the massages they need and deserve? Well, besides the obvious of getting a wonderful massage from one of my many fellow Licensed Massage Therapists, I have several at home self-care remedies that I rely on to help me bounce back faster.
These are my quick go to home remedies to help reduce muscle soreness and to bounce back faster. No one likes to walk and move around stiffly and in pain for days on end after exerting themselves with physical activities. Try to be proactive with your recovery within the first 48 hours of working your muscles to help reduce the muscle soreness. If you can, even schedule a massage in there to have a professional help work those sore and tight muscles out.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.