We continue from our last article titled Reasons you have sustained muscle strain (Part I) with the following great solutions:
Problem #8: You have already started without taking the proper precautions
If you have already put your body through a strenuous workout, here are some “quick aid tips” to prevent muscle aches and pains:
1. Apply an ice pack or take a cold shower: Athletes use this method when they suffer an injury. Cold temperatures can reduce muscle inflammation and associated pain. Apply a cold pack, bag of ice or frozen veggies wrapped in a thin towel to the affected area or to the muscle that feels strained. Never apply ice directly to the skin and never leave for more than 15-20 minutes at a time.
2. Compress and elevate the sore area: Wrap the affected area with ice to reduce inflammation and swelling. Elevate the injured limb on pillows while applying a cold compress anytime you are sitting or lying down.
3. Practice mental and physical quiescence: Resting goes a long way. When you have strained your body, the best way for it to recover and heal itself is to take a break and rest. Avoid putting weight on the injured body part. However, you may find that gentle stretches and delicate motions may prevent you further from muscle pain.
4. Take a hot bath or shower: This will relax your muscles. You may also add in Epsom salts to help reduce any swelling.
5. Take a pill or an alternative: If you feel uncomfortable due to the pain take an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen. Read the leaflet carefully so as to not interfere with any medications you be already be taking. Try acupuncture, it has been shown to relieve pain and help recovery.
These immediate first aid measures may help relieve pain, reduce swelling and protect the injured soft tissue.
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