Muscles, in the course of their work, use oxygen and nutrients and produce carbon dioxide and waste products like lactic acid. A build up of lactic acid residues in the muscle tissue, compounded by the fact that a tight muscle clamps down on its blood supply and impedes drainage, is what causes the stiff achy feeling we are all familiar with.
How can Massage Therapy Help? Massage helps relax tension and spasms, and promotes the release of lactic acid from the tissue. This relaxing action automatically enhances circulation, which increases the rate of blood flow to and from the area and helps to remove that excess lactic acid and promote healing.
What can You do to Prevent Sore Muscles? Make sure that you take time to stretch before and after physical activity, this will warm up/cool down your muscles and promote good circulation. Always lift with your legs, and not your back. Avoid twisting your back when lifting and moving, move your whole body instead. Drink lots of water to help prevent dehydration & flush lactic acid from your system. Change your body position regularly, so you don't become stiff from lack of movement (eg. sitting on your knees while gardening). Take time to relax in an Epsom salt bath after physical activity. And most important of all don’t overdo it!
Be mindful during your activity, take time to stay hydrated, and relax in an Epsom salt bath after. By following these simple steps you will not only get the most enjoyment out of the activities you do, but you won't be hindered by sore achy muscles after.
Have fun, be mindful, and relax!