Twenty-four to 48-hours after exercising, muscles are still working out. Cool huh? The not-so-cool part is this can make you super sore. This is because of microscopic tears in your muscle and the inflammation associated with it–called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).
I use Mandala Massage Balls, which are made of solid rubber. You can have a partner roll them on your stress points (or sore spots), or you can just lay on them, rolling back and forth. These are great during labor, too!
If you need more than that to relieve your sore muscles, check out Tiger Balm.
I had first heard about Tiger Balm when I was pregnant. I had a huge migraine, and at 3am, posted a plea to Facebook friends their methods for getting immediate relief. One mentioned Tiger Balm. Tiger who?
I decided not to use Tiger Balm during pregnancy because I didn’t know of the side effects, but did pick some up at our local homeopathic store in case my husband wanted to try it out.
He loved the smell, and it helped when he got a headache after working out in the yard for hours. I received a free tube to review, and so I proceeded to use my
guinea pig husband to try it out!
I read that he can try the rub before and after exercise. He slathered it up on his arms, which he said felt like he was already getting a good pump in. In my best drill-sergeant tone, I ordered him to do rep after rep, pushing him harder and harder during his workout (safely, of course!).
After his grueling workout, I had him apply some of the Tiger Balm to his muscles and asked how he felt. He said that he felt really good, but the real test will come a few days from now when DOMS sets in.
Guess what? At the first sign of DOMS, he re-applied Tiger Balm to his muscles and the soreness was considerably decreased from earlier workouts. BAM!
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