The agony of straining your neck is real! People who work on laptops can easily relate. Sitting in a particular posture for hours can be extremely stressful for the muscles in your body. Similarly, physically active people such as footballers or boxers can also suffer from muscular strains. And these can be exceedingly painful if not dealt with at the right time.
Muscle strains commonly happen when you perform a specific activity or movement repeatedly or for a more extended period. For example, starting a new exercise at the gym can strain and hurt your muscles in the initial phases. The most common symptoms of muscle strains are pain and inflammation. Let us imagine you, unfortunately, get stuck with a strain all because of that new exercise you tried at the gym. The most critical question in such a situation is how to overcome the pain caused by the aching muscle to provide some relief.
Here we have a list of some fantastic tips you can use to say goodbye to that painful muscular strain!
Try Out PEMF Therapy
PEMF or Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy uses electromagnetic fields to assist the body in its natural healing process. The cells in the human body have some very specialized functions. However, these tiny cells also need energy to perform their tasks. An organelle inside the cells known as the mitochondria produces an enzyme known as Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). The cells in our body consume ATP as a source of energy, but the cells fail to perform their functions adequately when ATP levels drop. One consequence of this is that the body fails to repair damaged muscles, bones, and ligaments.
Getting PEMF therapy is similar to plugging your body cells into a rechargeable device. It kick-starts the energy levels in your cells, which in turn powers up your body’s natural healing mechanism. A perfect way to help heal your chronically-aching muscles and bones!
You can get PEMF therapy done by a professional such as a physiotherapist. However, devices such as pemf mat, ring or pad, are also readily available for use at home. These are not medical devices, which means you can smoothly function them at home without the fear of messing up your medical condition.
Help Yourself With Some RICE
No, we do not want you to make yourself a rice meal! By RICE, we mean Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. It is a no-brainer that you need to immediately seize any physical activity if you strain any of your muscles. Continuous use of the affected muscle can worsen your pain and also aggravate the injury. And this is why you need to stop putting any weight on the affected muscle for at least 24 to 48 hours.
However, a severe muscle strain may require even weeks to mend. For example, if you have hurt your neck muscles, try, and lie down with a comfy pillow under your head. In case you want to work, you can try tucking in neck support to give the muscles a rest.
The next step is to ice the sore spot. Icing helps reduce inflammation and swelling in the strained muscle. You can place an ice bag or use a bag of frozen veggies to give your muscle some ease if you do not have one handy. It is also essential to keep the arm, leg, or whichever area hurts above the heart level while lying down. It can help lessen the swelling. You can prop up the arm or the leg using a stack of pillows.
Chug A Glass Of Cherry Juice
Not a commonly known one, but still a fact: cherry juice contains anti-inflammatory chemicals that can help ease swelling and pain. Evidence suggests that individuals who drank up cherry juice daily felt lower levels of muscle soreness and pain post-workout. So while you suffer, why not take a shot at cherry juice and see if the research is accurate or not?
Add Some Turmeric In Your Meal Or Drink
Turmeric has long been known to work wonders for wounds and injuries. It contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It can work best as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. You can try cooking-up a healing turmeric tea for yourself. But if turmeric seems too much for direct consumption, you can try out over-the-counter curcumin supplements. These can work even better!
Enjoy A Hot Epsom Salt Bath
While we discussed icing the area for relief, heat therapy is also known to benefit muscle soreness. You can use a warm towel, wet heating packs, or even a nice, hot bath that can do the trick! Adding some Epsom salt to your hot water tub will enhance the benefits. Bathing in Epsom salts is known to help with muscle inflammation and pain. Soak yourself up in the Epsom salts and the heat, and your pain will gradually vanish!
Muscle strain or soreness can, at times, be excruciatingly painful. While you try to be physically active or get some serious work done, an aching muscle can turn into a roadblock to productivity.
However, a few tips and tricks here and there can help you ease the pain and help you recover quickly. We have mentioned some fantastic tips above. We are optimistic that these tips will help you remedy that sprained neck in no time!
*Photos by Karolina Grabowska