If you’ve ever suffered from sore muscles, you know how painful and uncomfortable they can be. Whether you over exerted yourself at the gym, slept in a poor position or are experiencing general aches and pains, relief is available! We’ve compiled a list of 5 lesser thought of sore muscle remedies that will have you pain-free in no time.
1. Fruit Juice
There’s a reason superfood juices and smoothies have been getting so much attention lately! Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant containing fruits like goji berries, acai, pomegranate, and cherries pack quite a punch when it comes to their pain relieving benefits. They relieve pain associated with accident and exercise related muscle strains and injury. They’re not a miracle cure but consumed regularly they have the ability to greatly reduce the chances of getting injured in the first place and speed up healing if you do get hurt. Cheers!
2. Topical CBD Lotions & Salves
Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant that has been shown to provide sore muscle relief and reduce inflammation for sports and other types of injuries. For athletes, CBD lotions can reduce dependency on over-the-counter drugs for post-workout relief. Cannabidiol or CBD as it is commonly known can be found in products such as lotions and salves that are applied directly to the skin and start working immediately. CBD products that are 100% organic, natural, and THC-free are your best bet for getting the best results. Check your labels and make sure you are only buying from a trusted company.
3. Coconut Oil
Is there anything that coconut oil won’t do? So far, the resounding answer is no! Turns out coconut oil is good for muscle pain relief too. Perhaps it’s the associated massage or the coconut oil itself, but either way, this is an alternative treatment worth trying if you’ve ever had to suffer through sore muscles. Mix raw coconut oil or a coconut balm with your favorite essential oils (or better yet, CBD tincture!) and rub into sore muscles for immediate muscle pain relief. We recommend buying only pure, organic coconut oil just as you would with essential oils or other homeopathic products.
Meditation has been used for centuries to help people overcome both emotional and physical pain. For people with sore muscles, meditation can help take your mind off symptoms and actually reduce muscle strain and stress over time.
- Try this exercise:
- Lie or sit in a quiet place.
- Close your eyes (if you find it difficult to keep them closed you can try using an eye mask).
- Concentrate on your breathing and clearing your mind of all thought.
- Breath slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- If you find that your mind begins to wander, consciously refocus your thoughts on the rhythm of your breath.
- Do this for five to ten minutes, or as long as you feel comfortable, as often as you see fit.
By controlling your sensory receptors through the act of meditation, you’ll be better able to overcome muscle pain and soreness without medication or treatments. All you need is your mind!
You’ve heard of hot compresses, but have you ever thought about using other varieties of heat therapy for sore muscle relief? If you’re lucky enough to have a hot tub at your disposal, soaking for twenty minutes or more can help relieve soreness. However, it is recommended that you not soak immediately following muscle strain or injury as it could actually cause your body to become more dehydrated, thus prolonging recovery. In addition to soaking, hot yoga can provide a more intense type of therapy. During hot yoga, the room is heated up which allows muscles to stretch and perform a greater range of movement. By simply practicing a few times a week (or month), you’ll gain flexibility and strength which will reduce the instance of sore muscles, to begin with!