The best way to treat sore muscles is to apply a cold compress. The cold reduces blood flow and lessens swelling and slows down the pain messages to the brain. Immediately after the muscle strain or injury, try a cold compress (a bag of frozen peas works, too) for about 20 minutes, every 4-6 hours.
For chronic pain, applying heat to the area promotes better blood flow and circulation. Heat/cold is usually more effective for muscle pain like arthritis or lower back pain. Try 20 minutes with a heating pad, every 4-6 hours, alternating with cold for general muscle soreness or sprains.
Ask our trained therapist for a recommendation after your next massage if you’d like to know more.