Whether you’re a little stiff after exercising or you’ve overexerted yourself at work, sore muscles are a reality we all have to face at some point. While ideally we could book a massage whenever we’re feeling sore, the reality is that it’s not always feasible to head out for professional treatment to ease our aching bodies.
If you’re in a pinch, here are 5 tried-and-true ways to care for sore muscles at home.
1. Epsom Salts
Taking a hot bath works wonders for sore muscles on its own, but adding Epsom salts can take those benefits to the next level. Epsom salts break down into magnesium when dissolved, which can help your muscles relax as it’s absorbed through the skin.
Not only that, but magnesium helps your body absorb other vitamins and minerals more easily which can then speed up the recovery process.
2. Roll It Out
Using a foam roller is a great way to get the benefits of a deep tissue massage in the comfort of your own home. Foam rolling helps increase circulation in the muscles and can break up tight knots or stiffness.
While using a foam roller can be a little uncomfortable at first, the pain should be bearable and you should feel better afterwards. Be sure you’re using the right technique so as not to injure yourself further. A massage roller stick can also help you target hard-to-reach areas like your mid-back.
3. Apply Heat
Similar to taking a hot bath, applying heat in the form of a hot compress or heating pad stimulates circulation in your muscles. This can loosen stiff muscles and also ease any painful discomfort.
Stick-on hot patches are great for on the go, or you can use your remaining Epsom salts to make a hot compress if you have more time to relax.
4. Essential Oils
If you can easily reach the stiff areas, massaging essential oils into your skin can help alleviate soreness. Peppermint oil provides a cooling sensation that can feel great on tight muscles, while clary sage oil eases muscle cramps. You might want to experiment a little to find the combination that works best for you.
Be sure to dilute your oil of choice with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, then work them into your muscles for some all-natural relief.
5. Stay Hydrated
While drinking a lot of water is good for your entire body, it can especially help in the case of stiff muscles. Keeping yourself hydrated can prevent cramping and decrease inflammation in the affected areas. Stay away from beverages like coffee, soda, or alcohol that can dehydrate you until your muscles feel better, as this can prolong the stiffness.
If you’re feeling sore and at-home remedies just aren’t cutting it, the professionals at Cloud 9 Spa Salon are here to help. We offer massages, body treatments, and spa packages to address all of your needs in one relaxing visit. Call us at (352) 335-9920 to book an appointment today.