When you feel a little tension on your shoulders and neck after a long day at work, your first instinct is to do a giant stretch to free up the knots.
It eases the pain right then and there, so you go about the next days of the week doing the same quick cure to the same pain. But over time, you realize that there are muscle pains in your body that just won’t leave. It’s probably due to the demands of your current lifestyle, along with other complex factors. But since you can’t alter that all together, you seek ways to finally ease those deep muscle pains and find a sense of relief and strength.
From simple muscle relaxation to specialized body technique treatments, here are five ways you can finally get those aches and pains to go away:
1. Muscle pain relief patches
One of the most common remedies for muscle pain is the use of pain relief patches. They’re quick and easy to use, providing a subtle cooling sensation to the affected part. Other patches give off a warm feeling, kind of like when you apply hot compress to ease muscle tightness.
Commercial pain relief patches work through a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine spread across a piece of cloth. These can easily be bought at drugstores and can be used by anyone with no existing allergic reaction to the medicine. But those with long-term chronic pain may be prescribed patches with fentanyl, a fairly strong painkiller.
They can ease discomfort a few minutes after application, but these patches do not aim to fully cure deep muscle pain. If you’re simply seeking temporary relief after an intense workout or a long walk, then this will work just fine.
Based on traditional reflexology theories, applying pressure to specific points on the foot can work wonders for your digestion and sleeping habits. Other theories claim that “things move inside the body while we are working on our feet”. The big idea behind all this is that areas of the sole and some points on the base of the toes correspond to specific organs in the body.
Western medicine has not completely proven that there is truly a connection between the base of our foot and our organs. Reflexologists know that since we all come from different health backgrounds, the effectivity of the practice can also vary per person. But if we’re just talking about foot pain here, then it makes a whole lot of sense for you to try reflexology.
The most important advice we can give you is to make sure you’re in the hands of a well-trained reflexologist. In the Philippines, Karada is so popular for a reason—it specializes in Japanese body treatments that combine traditional massage with chiropractic techniques. Karada is also known for their deep foot massages that detoxify the body and stimulate reflex zones of the muscles. All their therapists are trained in the unique Japanese body maintenance or seitai style that roughly translates to “bringing the body back in order.”
3. Counter stretching
When you’ve been walking or running for a while, stretching out those leg muscles is usually the first thing you do once you get to sit down. This is called counter stretching. It provides instant relief and energy to parts of the body that have been experiencing resistance.
Aside from exercise pains, this also applies to everyday aches and pains that come from sitting and typing all day. Stretching helps the joints to become more flexible and to move with more ease. It prevents muscle stiffness and allows you to perform various physical activities with your full range of motion. So maybe you can think of stretching as both a simple cure to aches and pains, and a way to prevent further injuries.
Aside from deep foot massages, Karada also offers full-body treatments (BT) to relax your muscles and improve body movement and flexibility. The BT addresses the deepest core of the muscles, loosening up the stiffness that continues to build up in the body over time. We’re dealing with very deep knots here, so expect pressure during the treatment—but don’t worry because it’s the kind of pressure you’ll feel amazing relief from after. This treatment can also be combined with other services such as their foot treatment if you wish to target more areas of the body.
4. Epsom salts
Alternatively, you can always bring the spa experience home. Epsom salt baths have been around for years, said to be the home remedy our grandparents used to relieve muscle pain and loosen stiff joints. Epsom salts break down water into magnesium and sulfate and, as you soak in the treated water, these get absorbed into your skin and relaxes skeletal muscles.
To soothe aching muscles, add a cup or two of Epsom salts to a standard-sized bathtub filled with warm water. The standard ratio is half a cup of Epsom salts to a gallon of water. Soak the affected area in the saltwater bath for 10-12 minutes.
5. Specialized treatments for recurring pains
Constantly dealing with lower back and shoulder pain myself, I always recommend people seeking cures for muscle aches to aim for a healthier lifestyle as much as possible. Orthopedic therapy is one thing, but being able to supplement this with regular exercise is another. There are still times when even exercise doesn’t seem to make the pain go away, though.
This is where specialized treatments like Karada’s Japanese body therapy and alignment techniques come in. They assist in the reordering of the body, especially for people who don’t quite know where the pain is coming from. Karada calls this “general malaise” which refers to the experience of muscle pain caused by everyday stressors. Their Atlas and Pelvic Balance (AP) treatment focuses on relieving stress through approaching the autonomic nervous system of the body on the main base (atlas) and pelvis, and therefore healing chronic pain.
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