Food for Thought
If your most recent workout has left you with a case of aches and pains, you may find yourself reaching for the closest pain medicine that you have in your medicine cabinet. But if you are looking to manage your pain without taking pills, fortunately there are plenty of other ways that you can do so.
Here are some ways to treat post-workout aches and pains without popping pills:
Go see your chiropractor – Chronic and nagging pain can be alleviated oftentimes by a trip to your chiropractor. There are many different pain patterns and chiropractors are trained to handle these pain patterns. They can best determine how to handle your pain from the most invasive to the least invasive way.
Ice bath – An ice bath is perfect for reducing inflammation in your joints and muscles. The ice bath helps to constrict your blood vessels, pushing your blood to your core and then that blood returns to your muscles after you get out of the ice bath.
Anti-inflammatory diet – Inflammation causes much of the pain that people feel, so by eating an anti-inflammatory diet, with plenty of whole foods, this will help cut down on your discomfort. Choose lean foods like chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. By eating “real foods” you are giving your body the nutrients it needs to heal.
Foam rollers – Foam rollers help to smooth out and realign fibers that are damaged in your tissue and promote healthy collagen growth.