Experiencing sore muscles is both uncomfortable and a hindrance to your ability to work or function at daily routines. In more extreme situations, sore muscles can lead to chronic conditions, long-term disabilities, the loss of work and a reduction of wages. Treatment for muscle pain relief is available in many forms. Possible options include rest, medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic care and massage therapy; including acupressure and reflexology massage treatments.
While there are many treatment options, the best solution for muscle pain relief is using preventative measures to avoid injury all together. Preventative steps include the avoidance of lifting extremely heavy objects, getting assistance with lifting heavy objects, using you leg muscles instead of you back muscles when lifting anything, avoiding repetitive motions and – of course – stretching before engaging in any sort of light or heavy duty activities.
Of all the preventative options available, stretching is probably the most common (and most successful) approach to avoiding injury or achieving muscle pain relief. The purpose behind stretching is to help prepare your muscles for the strain they may encounter during hard physical labour and repetitive motions. Stretching – whether it’s light, medium or intense – helps prepare your muscles for physical activity by raising your heartbeat, warming your blood and feeding the warmed blood to your muscles; in affect, warming and oxygenating the muscles themselves.
Stretching also helps to reduce tension within the muscles, thereby loosening the muscles and helping them to be more relaxed and prepared for physical activity. And, even if you stretch before engaging in any physical activity, heavy labour and repetitive motions over a long period of time may cause the muscles to tighten up when the activity or labour is concluded. Therefore, it’s a good idea to engage in some light stretching after the activity or labour is concluded to help the muscles cool down and return to their pre-activity form.
You don’t need to be a yoga master to gain the benefits of stretching. Simple, easy-to-do stretches will usually help prevent most injuries and muscle aches and only requires a small amount of time. For example, if you are planning to do some heavy lifting, stretching your back muscles with 3 to 5 repetitions of touching toes with your fingertips will help warm up and loosen the back muscles.
While pre-emptive stretching is ideal, because of life’s constant demands, it is not uncommon to forget to stretch and to then experience post activity injuries or sore muscles. Should you experience an injury or muscle pain after your activity, it’s probably not too late to benefit from stretching. For example, if you have engaged in heavy lifting and are experiencing back pain it’s quite likely that your back muscles were strained by that activity. Carefully stretching your back by gently and repeatedly touching your toes may be all that is required to achieve muscle pain relief.
If stretching doesn’t provide muscle pain relief, it’s quite likely that your muscles have been injured to an extent greater than the benefits of stretching can provide. Although numerous treatment options are available (i.e. rest, chiropractic care, physical therapy, etc.), a couple of the most reliable forms of treatment are acupressure and reflexology massages.
Developed over thousands of years, the practice of acupressure and reflexology in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers proven and immediate results for sore muscles by accessing the body’s natural healing abilities.
When acquiring the services offered through TCM, it is recommended that you seek out licenced and professional practitioners. Easily accessible and offering an environment that is both comfortable and cozy, Easy Cozy Wellness provides numerous options to their Lower Mainland Clients. Contact Easy Cozy Wellness and have one of their representatives help assist you in choosing the muscle pain relief treatment that is best for you.
Easy Cozy focus on Acupressure (Body) Massage and Reflexology (Foot) Massage which are good for both males and females within any age range.