Pain can be defined as anything that causes discomfort to the body and impedes its ability to function. It can be anything from an ache to a sharp stabbing pain and it can range from anything between mild and bearable pain to sharp, extreme and chronic pain requiring medical intervention. It can be localized to one part of the body or maybe widespread. Pain can be caused by medical conditions like arthritis or cancer or even as a repercussion of surgery. Again for some professionals like sportsmen it is almost like a professional hazard.
Post workout pain
Post workout pain can be defined as the sort of pain experienced very commonly by people all over the world after the onset of a different exercise routine, joining a gym for the very first time or after a very long break, trying something g beyond one’s limit in the gym or exercising without the supervision of an expert. In fact even sportsmen like badminton players often experience a similar pain in the wrist and forehand when playing after a long break.
The pain is basically a soreness in the muscles which starts almost 24 hours after the workout and is referred to as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness by professionals.
What causes post workout pain?
The muscles in general when not used to physical activity or exercise for a long time tend to become sore. The specialists say that it is caused due to the fact that the inflexible fibers in the muscle undergo microscopic tearing .In general if your muscles are idle they have a tendency to tear and they become sore when stretched way beyond the permissible limit. In this regard the extent of the pain largely depends on how much you have pushed yourself in the course of the workout. For example if you run for five miles on one fine day after no workouts for months you are bound to experience muscle ache.
How does pain affect the human body?
Pain can be classified as acute pain which is temporary and caused by natural response to any form of injury caused to the tissue or it may be chronic which lasts for a long time. Chronic main is caused by injuries like the sort faced by sportsmen. If the pain is not relieved the body’s blood pressure and heart rate increases .The oxygen amount in the body reduces and the carbon dioxide amounts increase. At the same time secretion of stress hormones like cortisol becomes high, digestion is slowed down and tension, fatigues and even psychological problems like depression and anxiety creep up
Techniques and methods to handle post workout pain
The best method to relieve post workout pain is a proper oil massage. It is a method which has been tried and tested and hence it is bound to give you the desired results. The best way to go about it is to gently massage the sore region for about a minute or two followed repetitions at regular intervals if the soreness is still there. For even better results it is recommended to call in a masseur because a massage performed by a professional masseur is bound to provide more relief.
If a massage is not your cup of tea then it is recommended to undergo some light aerobics to relieve the pain. This form of exercises increases the flow of blood to the sore region and is helpful in that regard. But at the same time one has to be careful about the intensity of the exercise because doing anything beyond mild aerobic exercise can have opposite results.
But as they always say prevention is always better than cure so it’s better to be careful during the work out itself than experience the pain afterwards.
I’m Tany Clarck, primarily a writer, has been associated with Interventional Pain Management San Antonio for seventeen years. Thus I have given some valuable point regarding the Pain management techniques and therapy.