Sore muscles may feel painful, tired, or achy. It may be limited to one area, or it may be a widespread sensations felt in different parts of the body.
What is causing your sore muscles?
Sore muscles have many different causes including overuse, stress, injury, infection, or illness. After a tough workout, you may experience sore muscles – also known as DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness. This is muscle pain that arises a few hours to days after an intense exercise session. Stress may also contribute to sore muscles, causing tension to build. Injury can create damage to tissues or muscles, which in turn can aggravate surrounding muscles.
If the pain is widespread, it may be due to infection or illness. For example, one of the main symptoms of the flu includes muscle fatigue and soreness throughout the body. Sore muscles or muscle pain is also a symptom of Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more. Your doctor will be able to determine the exact cause of your sore muscles through various tests, questions, and observations.
How can you relieve your sore muscles?
If the cause of your sore muscles is from an intense workout, stretching and foam rolling can help alleviate the pain. Further, cold or hot therapy may help decrease the sensations caused by sore muscles. Light aerobic activity may also help by increasing blood flow to the muscles and encouraging active recovery. If you are unsure what is causing your sore muscles, book an appointment with your family doctor.
Massage therapy is another option that can help relieve sore muscles. Massage techniques can release tension and help you relax. Click the BOOK NOW button below to book your next appoint at Athlete’s Choice Massage. And get back to feeling your best.