Athletes may have certain “super” abilities but they are also human and prone to injury. In fact professional athletes get injured all the time. Muscle pain and injury is a common example of this. So what exactly causes muscle pain? A training overload, injury during game/practice, or even the every day life can easily cause it. In short its the breakdown of muscle fibers that releases muscle cell content. Then the cell attracts inflammatory cells, which release chemicals that will irritate nerve fibers, causing pain! It is most prevalent in people who are pushing their bodies too hard.
“It makes me feel better and it helps me recover faster from injuries.”
Stephen Curry • NBA Player
Celebrities and athletes have been using every recovery method there is to minimize their downtime from accidents and injuries. Let’s look at the many ways that one can relieve muscle pain…
Try massaging the area where you feel the pain. Remember to start very slowly and lightly press the muscle pain, gradually increasing the depth and pressure of the massage. It might be excruciating, but towards the end of the massage, your pain should begin to decrease.
A hot bath can do wonders. The heat will help increase blood circulation while creating a calming effect. Combining a hot shower/bath with a massage is even better!
Take a nice warm bath and run hot water over the painful areas at 2-minute intervals, then immediately following the hot water switch to cold water for approximately 30 seconds or as long as you can withstand it.
It might sound silly, but lightly exercising sore muscles can slowly begin to recover your movement in those areas. It will also increasing the blood flow to those muscles.
We can’t emphasize this enough, always, always; warm your muscles before trying to do some training. It prepares all muscles and tendons!
Be sure to stretch as thoroughly as you can before, during, and after your workout. Not only is it essential to stretch your muscles before training, but you must also end up with a good stretch! Stretch for a good 15-20 seconds per muscle group; stretching will warm up your muscles for your workout, so that they function much better.
Cryotherapy is the new therapy of choice when treating an injury and perhaps the most effective one as well. Cryotherapy involves treating the injured part of the body with much colder temperatures than usual. We’re talking about -230 degrees Fahrenheit! Depending on the environment, the severity of the damage, and your doctors recommendation, the application of cryo (cold therapy) will vary.
Cryotherapy is something that athletes, celebrities, doctors and even the average person can do. When you hurt yourself while running, riding a bike, or exercising too hard, the first thing you think about is ice! The reason for this is that the ice is being cold, will help prevent or reduce swelling at the site of injury. That’s why ice is the way to go with most injuries. While with ice therapy we can see improvements after a 15 or 20 minutes application, cryotherapy takes only 3 minutes!
Cryotherapy works because it decreases the flow of fluids to the tissues, which slows the release of chemicals that really cause pain and inflammation associated with the lesions. The cold temperature will also decrease the sensation in the area, which also reduces anxiety. Cryo is best when done within the first 48 hours after the injury or surgery.
Celebrities, athletes, and sports teams do cryotherapy to recover faster and look and feel better, but cryo may not be for everyone so we advise you to consult with your doctor first.