Sore muscles are a daily part of my life. From years as a dancer to my recent fitness/gym kick, I’m always have a sore muscle somewhere. Plus, when you add in the stresses of daily life and aging, I needed to find something to help my body out.
Sure, I’d love to be able to go get a massage every week, but that’s just not happening. Even if I had the extra money, I certainly wouldn’t have the extra time.
Recently, I’ve been exploring different ways to heal my sore muscles, and I’m sharing the best tools that I’ve found so far. No one has sponsored this post, and I’m certainly not a doctor or health professional, so if you have a sore muscle that’s bothering you, please seek the advice of your doctor or health professional first. These are only things that work for me, but they may not work for everyone. I did include my Amazon Affiliate links, if you’re interested in anything I mention. Simply click-through the picture to be taken to their site. There is no additional cost to you, and I earn a commission.
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Major Problem Areas
For me, I carry a lot of tension in my lower back and neck. I also have a herniated disk in my neck, so I need to be careful about what I use on it. And don’t worry…I have seen my doctor. Many, many times.
So, those are my chronic spots, but are by no means the only place I may have a sore muscle or two.
Since I’ve been on my healthy eating and exercise plan for almost 2 years now, I have incorporated weights into my workouts. They have made such a huge difference! I actually have definition in my arms that I’ve never had before. I also have experienced pains that I never had before…but it’s the good kind. The kind of pain that is associated with your muscles working and changing shape.
Even though I’m always good about warming up and stretching, I do occasionally push myself too hard or pull something that isn’t just that good kind of pain. So, here are some must haves for all areas of your body that I’ve tested and have gotten Shann’s Seal of Approval. (someday that will be a real thing..ha! ha!)
For the back and neck
Now, I know what you’re thinking. What on earth is this crazy contraption!
Well, it’s the best thing I’ve tried in a long, long time. It may look weird, but it is truly amazing.
Did you ever notice that when you massage your own tight shoulders or back, it never really helps enough? Well, that’s where this crazy contraption comes in.
It’s called the Body Back Buddy, and all those weird groves and points hit different muscle and trigger points on your body. Places you can’t reach, the Body Back Buddy can. It has been a life-saver for getting into those muscles in my shoulder blades and my lower back. I also can gently use it on my neck.
For the feet
Have you ever seen a dancer’s feet? Well, you don’t want to. We dancers are absolutely brutal on our feet, and mine definitely show the years of abuse.
After using a tennis ball for a while, I upgraded to the hot/cold foot roller by Gaiam. The really cool thing about it is that you can heat it in warm water or cool it in the freezer before you use it to massage your sore feet.
For any other sore muscle or sore area
While I would love (and I mean LOVE) to stay in the shower all night, there are often many interruptions. Three in particular that are pretty demanding. So, instead of letting the hot water run on my back or neck, I have a couple different heating pads. I use them while I’m working on the blog or watching TV or both.
The first is the PureRelief XL – King Size Heating Pad with Fast-Heating Technology, 6 Temperature Settings & Convenient Storage Bag – Charcoal Gray (12″ x 24″). It’s super soft, and also longer than most other heating pads that I’ve tried. It can cover my entire back, which is awesome for when I’ve done too many shoulder exercises, in addition to my forever aching lower back.
It has an automatic shut-off after 2 hours, in case your brain is anything like mine, and you sometimes forget to turn things off.
The second is PureRelief Neck & Shoulder Heating Pad with Fast-Heating Technology, Magnetic Closure & Convenient Storage Bag – Turquoise Blue. This one is made out of the same super soft material, and it fits right around your neck and shoulders. The magnetic closure is awesome because you don’t have to worry about adjusting it or it falling off.
It seriously feels like a warm hug. Aaaaah.
My last trick for sore muscles is medicated cream. It has immediate results, unlike taking an oral pain reliever.
If you don’t mind the smell, my favorite one to use is Tiger Balm Ultra Strength Sports Rub ointment 1.7 Ounces. It does a great job of easing any muscle pain.
If you want something that doesn’t have any smell, Aspercreme Analgesic Creme Rub with Aloe – 5 oz is great. My dad, who still plays tennis, uses this all the time, and actually gave me my first tube.
So, there you have it. My solution for every sore muscle in your body. Well, at least solutions that I’ve tried.
What have you tried for your sore muscles?