Do Your Muscles Ache?

Do your muscles ache from too much yard work, exercise, or heavy lifting? Muscle soreness is common, and it usually means your muscles are getting stronger. Strenuous physical activity, especially something new to your body, will cause your muscles to begin feeling sore a few hours after the activity. Soreness tends to peak around two days after the exercise or physical activity, so you may want to limit additional stress to the area until it passes. 

Some types of exercise or movement are more likely to trigger soreness. The most notorious are called eccentric exercises, where a muscle has to contract as it's lengthening. Bicep curls, downhill running, and squatting are all examples of eccentric exercises that lead to sore muscles. Stretching can also cause soreness because it damages muscle fibers.

Although muscle soreness is mostly a good thing because it's a sign of muscle growth, repair, and recovery, it can be uncomfortable. Unfortunately, most things people do to relieve soreness don't usually help. Stretching may feel good, but it won't prevent soreness. Ice may take your mind off the pain, but it won't counteract the soreness either. Light exercise might make you feel better temporarily, but it won't speed up the recovery process.

Milkweed Balm is an all-natural remedy that can help soothe muscles and soreness. When applied topically, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients in Milkweed Balm get to the source of pain. When used after a workout or strenuous activity, Milkweed Balm can aid in the recovery process.