There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline high that comes from working out. The dopamines that flow freely through the body can be addictive and make you yearn to workout again. That is until the soreness of your muscles sets in. Then, you start feeling like you never want to see the inside of the gym again.
It is totally natural for this to happen as it is caused by lactic acid that builds up within the muscles. As natural as it is, it can also be prevented or at least reduced after your workout. There are ways to keep your sore muscles from being so uncomfortable that you need time to recover from your workout.
In this article, I will go over several ways that you can help to sooth those achy muscles and recover from your workout much faster.
1 – Essential oil
Yes, essential oils can help you with a lot of physical ailments including achy muscles. In fact, many oils are an excellent way to get those muscles loose and pain free after a workout and is one of the biggest essential oil benefits.
Many oils are able to bind to receptors in the skin that sends a signal to the brain to reduce inflammation. So, when you rub certain oils on your affected area, then the brain knows exactly where to send relief.
Of course not every oil will have this effect. Look for oils that have menthol for really sore muscles. Tea tree oil, eucalyptus and peppermint penetrate deep into the tissue and will first help to warm up those tight muscles causing them to loosen but also send an antiinflammatory message to the brain which causes relief.
Chamomile oil is also very good at soothing sore muscles and is a good alternative for those who don’t like to use menthol.
No matter what oils you choose, make sure that they are diluted with a carrier oil so you don’t cause a rash or even burn on your skin as some are quite harshe.
2 – Use CBD oil
If you’ve tried to use essential oils for achy muscles in the past and find them to not be strong enough then you need to bring out the big guns. In other words, you need something that is a bit stronger like CBD oil.
CBD oil is the non psychotropic element in hemp oil and is an excellent anti inflammatory as well as analgesic so it works great for muscle pain. And it doesn’t cause any kind of stoned effect since it is not the part of cannabis that gets you high. That is THC and is another thing altogether.
The way that CBD works is that it binds with the endocannabinoid receptors under the skin. Relief comes right away as the muscles loosen and start to feel better.
3 – Compression
Wearing compression socks during and after your workout will help you avoid a build up of lactic acid in your muscles. If you often have certain muscles that feel sore, it could be because blood tends to pool in those particular muscles. Wearing a compression sock or arm sleeve will push out any excess blood so the qacid doesn’t have a chance to build up.
Even after your workout, you need to keep wearing it as your circulation is still pumping at high levels for a while afterward.