Muscle Pain Treatment
One of the biggest problems keeping most of us back from complete and total success with our training plan is muscle pain and often many of us chose to simply ignore the pain until it gets to the point where it is debilitating.
Well it’s about time we start evaluating what the right muscle pain treatment is for us so that we can take the next step in progressing with our workouts.
To cover all angles I’ll relate this to both beginners and seasoned athletes who train as often as 6 to 7 times a week.
On that note let’s get right into this…
Muscle Pain Treatment: Over-Training
Are you the type of person who is working out pretty intensely at least 4 to 5 times a week but you feel that your results are pretty lack luster? Chances are you are over training big time and truth be told this is something that even I’m pretty guilty of. Once you get into a routine the endorphin rush you get from training is quite unlike any other feeling in the world.
If you know what I’m talking about then you’ve really found a gem that you should cherish pretty strongly, but I’ll show you some techniques that will satisfy your endorphin rush and at the same time allow you to treat any muscle pain.
But before I get into that, remember most of your body parts need approximately 48 hours to recover from intense exercise. This is why split training is the most followed training technique by athletes and bodybuilders. Don’t train the same body part two days in a row and add more variation. Have at least one day a week of complete recovery time and perhaps another day which is very lower intensity.
Muscle Pain Treatment: Yoga
The first technique which can both help with treatment of muscle pain and still provide an endorphin rush is Yoga. Regardless of the specific type, all yoga is rejuvenating because it massages your muscles from the inside out. I like it because it is still challenging enough to give you a good workout, yet it allows your muscles to relax and for your joints and tendons to get stronger and stronger.
This means you can train harder on the following day and accelerate your body’s ability to burn through belly fat, increase muscle tone and give you the results you strive so hard for
Yoga is also great for those of you who get bored of the gym or don’t know where to start. It will take some patience but at the same time will allow you to learn more about where you body is in space and time so you can have greater coordination and stamina if you get into the gym.
Muscle Pain Treatment: Massage Therapy
The second technique is massage therapy. If you can find a high quality massage therapist then not only will your body thank you but so will your mind. The entire experience is so relaxing that it can really make a significant difference in blood movement throughout your body in which your muscles are supplied with nutrients and oxygen more efficiently. This means quicker recovery time and increases your ability to train pain free.
Do your best to get at least one massage therapy session a month, after all you are letting someone else do all the work for you and allow you to get so much benefit.
Muscle Pain Treatment: Diet and Supplements
Adequate pre and post workout nutrition is a must. You can’t really go wrong with whey protein fruit smoothies since the whey protein provides the highest quality and most effective uptake of essential amino acids into your muscles which are necessary for their growth and recovery. The fruit also provides clean energy in the form of fructose sugar so you can be as intense as you can during your workouts.
Pair this with some glutamine & BCAA’s (branch chained amino acids) and you have a power muscle recovery drink which is healthier and better tasting then anything else out there. It is a part of my daily routine and I love trying different fruit all the time to keep it interesting.
Other than these, a diet rich in fruit, veggies and fish is the most powerful in providing all the right ingredients for quickest muscle recovery time. I like to supplement with Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega since getting enough fish can be quite challenging at times and Nordic Naturals is the most trusted brand when it comes to high quality filtered oil so you aren’t exposed to the toxic chemicals most fish in our food chain are so susceptible to.
Lastly if you aren’t including a multi-vitamin in your diet then you are potentially missing out on a lot of important vitamins especially when you are training intensely or are under a lot of stress, so make sure to include a daily like Optimum Opti-Men or Optimum Opti-Women
Muscle Pain Treatment: Conclusion
Remember to watch out when it comes to over training especially if you are finding your results are lacking in respect to the time you are investing working out. Consider your diet and make sure to use Yoga and massage therapy to your advantage in dealing with and preventing muscle pain.
If it were up to me I would have a fully government funded yoga and massage therapy program because in the end this kind of health care is the most successful in being a preventative and proactive measure which ultimately results in reduced patient care costs. Want to argue against this? Then I’d say try yoga and massage therapy for 4 weeks and then get back to me.
What are your thoughts on these treatments for pain? Do you think they will work, or don’t work? Please leave a comment below…