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What will help relieve muscle soreness?(13 posts)

What will help relieve muscle soreness?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 6, 2002 12:46 PM
After brutal weight training my legs kill. Is there anything anyone would recommend to lessen the soreness like tylenol or ibuprofen?

Dec 6, 2002 1:03 PM
it's an anti-inflammatory. best thing i've found for this kind of soreness. some folks like sodium naproxen (nuprin) but i've personally had better results with plain ole ibuprofen. another good supplement to take is l-glutamine. will help recovery somewhat. take on an empty stomach in morning and before bed. helps me recover quicker--and at 37 I need more help than I did when I was 20.
ibuprofen works for meTig
Dec 6, 2002 2:27 PM
So does massage. The quickest recoveries I've experienced comes after massage.

In the past I was prescribed 800 mg ibuprofen twice a day for severe muscle injuries. That equals 4 standard ibuprofen tablets every 12 hours! It helps quite a bit. Don't use this much on a regular basis unless you like destroying your liver with carbonic acid buildup. Cortisone pills work even better, but I wouldn't want to use them too much.
re: What will help relieve muscle soreness?Juanmoretime
Dec 6, 2002 1:07 PM
Hi Nick, long term I would stay away from the Meds. You body is suffering from some muscle damage and needs time and blood flow to rebuild. Some herbal products might help, Excel Soprts carries some varieties or you may find something at a local health food store. Self massage or someone else massaging you helps speed up the healing process, especially if it's someone else. There is a product out there called the stick I use that is great after a hard workout, just don't over do it.

What was best for me, when I was single, that's stretching the memory, I dated a physical therapist that enjoyed giving me full body massages until I would fall a sleep. Another huge benefit was the doctor she worked for worked on many professional athletes and she used to score the best tickets to many sporting events, free, that she would take me to.
Advil. Oh and protein right after a workout helps too....Gregory Taylor
Dec 6, 2002 2:05 PM
Hydration ...Humma Hah
Dec 6, 2002 2:17 PM
... It's not exactly a painkiller, but making sure you're adequately hydrated will speed recovery. The most common reason for muscles getting sore is lactic acid accumulation, or other metabolic byproducts or damaged muscle tissue the body must remove.

If you take ibuprofen, you body will want good hydration to get rid of the breakdown products of that, too.
slow, easy rideDougSloan
Dec 6, 2002 4:05 PM
Best thing for me. Go about 10 miles, as easy as you can. Works wonders. When I really hurt, I use Alleve.

I always marvel at the 2-mile point ...Humma Hah
Dec 6, 2002 5:31 PM
On almost every ride, my muscles start to ache a little at about a mile and a half. It peaks at about 2 miles. Then, suddenly, its GONE! I guess the endorphins kick in.

Endorphins, for those of you who don't know, are the body's built-in painkiller, Endo-morphine. Morphine works because it mimics endorphins, but endorphins are about 100x as powerful. They're also additive -- probably one big reason we crave riding.
Vitamin EKEN2
Dec 6, 2002 4:53 PM
A new study recently reported on by the media indicated that daily ingestion of 1000 mg. of Vitamin E lessens muscle soreness from exertion.
What's that in IU?Humma Hah
Dec 6, 2002 5:35 PM
If that is the same as 1000 IU of E, its getting pretty high. By itself, maybe not a problem, but Vitamin E is a potent blood-thinner. That means large doses of it combined with other blood-thinners can be dangerous. And other blood thinners include aspirin and ibuprofen. Alcohol also qualifies.

All of the anti-oxidants have anti-inflamatory properties. I've had good results with green tea.
re: What will help relieve muscle soreness?Kvonnah
Dec 6, 2002 5:09 PM
Endurox 4r. This stuff works great post ride post workout you become so used to not being sore that if you go without you can really feel the difference.
re: What will help relieve muscle soreness?flying
Dec 6, 2002 5:26 PM
I don't get so bad pain anymore & just use Endurox & stay well hydrated these days.
But years ago I use to drink a Alka Seltzer when I got home.
Wow!! I tell ya that stuff was great. I guess because it somehow buffers the lactic acid & also has asprin in it Anyway give it a try if you dont have a problem with asprin.
Drink lots of water... And take Aleve... nmspyderman
Dec 7, 2002 9:54 AM