Welcome back to the Barfield Chiropractic blog. Muscle pain can affect people of all ages and in all walks of life. Muscle pain and soreness are caused by a number of triggers, including injuries from playing sports or exercising, working, or being involved in an auto accident. Muscle pain is also caused by stress, which can lead to tight, tense muscles that become sore and stiff. There are also many health conditions that cause muscle pain as a side effect. Muscles can become sore from simply moving or twisting in the wrong direction. Pain is caused when muscles either irritate the nerves in the body or suffer microtears that must heal over time. If you are currently suffering from some form of muscle or soft tissue pain and want relief, here are some self-care tips for you to consider. Then, give your Murfreesboro chiropractor at Barfield Chiropractic a call to arrange an appointment for chiropractic care, muscle therapy, injury rehab, or spinal decompression.

Find Ways to Relieve Muscle Pain at Home

Ice Packs to Reduce Inflammation

Icing sore, injured muscles is a sure way to alleviate inflammation, which contributes to muscle pain. If you have an acute injury, ice should always be your go-to for the first two-to-three days of your injury. Placing ice or a cold compress on an affected area or muscle group can reduce swelling, redness, and irritation that cause muscle soreness. Plus, the cold sensation is soothing for sore, painful muscles and soft tissues, especially after suffering an injury.

A Hot Soak In An Epsom Salt Bath

After you have iced your sore or injured muscles, heat can be effective for reducing tension and tightness. Taking a warm or hot bath infused with Epsom salt is a great way to treat sore, stiff, painful muscles and soft tissues. An Epsom salt bath encourages muscles relaxation and can loosen stiff, sore joints and muscles.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used by healers for centuries to treat a number of painful conditions. Essential oils are made from natural ingredients that combine plant-based ingredients with different kinds of oils. This concoction can be applied to the skin basically anywhere on the body for effective, soothing pain relief. Plus, the aromatherapy properties can relax your senses, allowing your body to relax so your muscles loosen up. Oils like lavender, peppermint, and rosemary can reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness in muscles and joints.

Light Stretching

Gently stretching out sore muscles reduces muscle tension and tightness while stimulating circulation. As this happens, your muscles become less rigid, allowing oxygen and nutrients to move more freely throughout your tissues, which helps them heal and recover from injuries. Stretching is also essential before and after performing any physical activities that could lead to muscle strain, injury, and soreness.

Visit Barfield Chiropractic for Pain Relief

While these are all useful ways to relieve muscle and joint pain from home, chiropractic care, massage therapy, injury rehab therapy, and spinal decompression can all help reduce and eliminate achy, sore muscles. Give us a call today to arrange an appointment for our injury recovery treatments and wellness care, and start feeling better.

Be sure to join is for part two of this blog series to learn even more ways to relieve muscle pain using self-care techniques.