What Muscle Soreness Says About Your Workout
What Muscle Soreness Says About Your Workout:
If you have ever been to a gym, then you would know that there are many different types of machines that one can use to work out. There are free weights, dumbbells, barbells and even machine such as leg press and shoulder press. Each type of equipment has its own advantages and disadvantages.
The most common problem that people face when they go to the gym is sore muscles. These muscles feel like they are burning up their life force and itchy. Some people may experience this kind of muscle soreness for days after a workout. Others might not have any problems at all but some people do suffer from severe muscle pains after workouts.
Many times these kinds of pains are called “muscle cramps” because they resemble those experienced during childbirth or other painful medical conditions.
Some people get a little relief from their sore muscles by taking ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen tablets. However, these medications only alleviate the symptoms and don’t actually cure the condition. If you want to avoid going to the doctor’s office, you need something else. You need to stop exercising immediately and see your physician right away so that they can prescribe you proper medication for your sore muscles.
Sometimes, muscle soreness can also be an indication of an underlying medical condition such as dehydration or heart disease.
Besides your doctor, your pharmacist is also someone that you should visit because they have a lot of information about different types of medication designed to treat muscle pain and soreness. Some of these drugs are performance enhancing drugs that improve the contraction of your muscles and increase their strength. Other drugs are designed to improve the flow of blood to your muscles and cause them to relax. Still other drugs are used to treat arthritis or even cancer.
When you speak with your pharmacist, make sure to let them know exactly what’s going on with your muscles because this information will help them determine which kind of medicine is best for your condition.
In some rare cases, the pain that you experience after a workout is so severe that it prevents you from performing your daily activities. In these situations, you may need to take prescription pain medication. Fortunately, most of these drugs do not have significant negative side effects and can be used safely with exercise. If you don’t want to take pain medication, you might want to try some natural alternative pain relievers such as capsaicin cream or rest.
Whatever treatment you decide to use, try to take the time to learn all you can about your condition so that you can make an informed decision about how to treat it. In most cases, muscle pain after exercising is completely curable so you shouldn’t feel discouraged. However, in the rare cases where the pain persists or gets worse, immediate medical attention should be sought after.
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