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. 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.
Contrast therapy – Another popular “anti-pill” method of pain management is contrast therapy, or “3,3,3.” This method consists of three minutes of heat and 30 seconds of cold, three times in a row. The heat dilates all of the blood vessels, relaxes the muscle and lets in nutrients and oxygen. The cold does the exact opposite and pushes the fluid back out. The combination of heat and cold creates an “artificial pump” through the muscle – bringing in nutrients and pushing out the waste that causes the pain.
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.
Foam roller –Pain can be caused by adhesions, scar tissue or even repetitive use, and the body needs collagen to heal. Foam rollers help to smooth out and realign fibers that are damaged in your tissue and promote healthy collagen growth.