Whether we’re hitting the gym and exercising religiously, hauling kids from place to place, running errands or going non-stop, eventually our bodies tell us enough is enough in the form of sore, aching muscles.
But we may not have the luxury of calling it quits just because our body has. When that happens, these remedies can help get you back on your feet and back on track.
Turn Up the Heat
Warming up aching muscles and joints releases tension in the area and increases mobility. When you can’t stop to rest, take some portable, hand-sized warmers with you. And when you can finally take a breather, relax your weary body on a heating pad. Either way, you’ll soon feel the aches and pain subside.
At 12″x 24″, this extra large electric heating pad will reach and soothe anywhere you need it to. It features low, medium and high heat options, automatic shut off, and moist and dry heat therapy, and is enveloped in a soft microfiber cover that’s machine washable.
It’s priced just over $36 at Amazon.
This reusable gel compress can be heated or frozen to provide relief however you see fit. It remains pliable even when frozen so it can easily conform to any part of the body.
It’s available in sizes of 11″ x 14.5″ or 13″ x 21.5″ at prices starting at $16.95 (price depends on desired size) on Amazon.
Numb the Pain
Sometimes, the less we feel, the better. When a limb, muscle or joint is so sore it hurts to even think about moving it, it’s time to put it on ice.
Ice reduces swelling and inflammation in the area, allowing your body to stop sending out the alert that you’re hurt and start the healing process.
When using ice, remember to remove the ice pack once the area goes numb.
This washable and reusable gel ice pack is available in four sizes: Standard Large, Oversize, Half size, & Neck Contour. The one featured here is the standard large at 10.5″ x 14.5″ in size. The pack is double sealed to prevent leaking, while the gel inside remains pliable when frozen, allowing greater flexibility in positioning the pack.
Pricing starts at $14.99 (price depends on desired pack size) on Amazon.
This 5-pack of reusable hot/cold compresses allows you to heat treat or freeze specific problem areas without treating areas that don’t need it.
At 4″ diameter, these round, cloth-backed packs only take 10 seconds in the microwave to heat, or an hour in the freezer to ice over.
Priced from $9.64 on Amazon.
Rub and Roll Your Way to Relief
Massaging stiff and sore muscles is a great way to increase blood flow, release tension and ease pain. If you’re able to reach and rub those spots yourself, so much the better. If not, you can always call in a favor with a loved one or head to the masseuse.
Alternatively, grab a firm foam roller and roll the sore area over it to release knots and tension.
Too tight for any movement? Then try one or more of the many massage tools available for the neck, back, legs and feet that begin to work with the touch of a button.
Used in yoga, physical therapy, and deep tissue massage, this high-density foam roller will keep its shape and stay firm for the long haul.
Its light weight and compact size (36″ long x 6″ wide) means it can be taken with you if necessary.
It’s available in black or pink, and is priced at $35.99 on Amazon.
When the pain has to go, and it has to go now, you grab the OPOVE M3 Pro Massage Gun. OPOVE is based in California, and offers a variety of these massage guns if the M3 Pro is too much to handle.
How does it work? Press the head of the gun against the body part that needs relief. Press the trigger and as it thumps the head against one’s body, it sends deep percussive waves into the muscle to release tension and pain.
This model is 2.5 lbs, features an automatic shut-off and will work for 3 hours when fully charged.
Priced at $199.99 on Amazon.
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer to take a hot, cold, hands-on or hands-off approach to pain relief, as long as you understand the pain is there for a reason. Don’t ignore what your body is trying to tell you. Listen and respond accordingly, and you’ll be back in action in no time.
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