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.
I talk a lot about the importance of getting out and moving your body. It’s a vital part of your overall health and well-being, but sometimes joint stiffness, pain, and even arthritis can limit your mobility and make moving difficult. No one likes to rely on medications to help get you through the day, every day. Medications and pain killers act more as a band aid than a healing component to living your life. I hear people in my life, as well as clients, talk about the pain and discomforts that they deal with every day, so I decided to do some research to try to find some more natural ways of helping to alleviate joint pain and stiffness, and even to help with arthritis. The goal, of course, is to get you get back to living your life, actively, and in a healthy and healing way.
Most joint stiffness and pain is due to inflammation, and is why it is often referenced in conjunction with arthritis, an inflammatory disease. When there is inflammation around the joints, it causes stiffness, pain, and limited mobility. So naturally, we need to find ways to help reduce or eliminate this inflammation. Here are some tips on how to help relieve joint pain, stiffness, and even arthritis:
Joint pain, stiffness, and arthritis are no fun to have to deal with on a daily basis. Try these ideas, meet with a nutritionist, and let’s get you back in motion, pain free. You may have to change your diet and lifestyle, but wouldn’t being pain free be worth the changes and effort? What do you have to lose? Make the changes, see what works for you, and get back to living your active life.
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.