Thermal Therapy For Sore Muscles

Thermal Therapy For Sore Muscles After a session of heavy lifting, many weekend warriors experience a condition known as delayed onset muscle soreness. It's the price you pay for the pain before the gain, but there are ways to treat this soreness. The question is which works better, hot or cold on the affected area? A study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness can lead you in the right direction.

Researchers recruited recreationally active men in their early 20 and had them perform 10 reps of deadlifts at 70% of each subject's one rep max. After 10 sets of 'deads' their hamstring muscles were treated with cold water (68 degrees) or hot water (100 degrees). Scientists found that cold water elevated stress to muscle cells while the hot water decreased the effect of exercise-induced stress.

True Strength Moment: With so many gym myths circulating in the weight room it can sometimes be hard to cut through personal opinions to get usable facts. Think through the suggestions you hear or overhear about diet and training. Then take the advice of renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan: "Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary levels of evidence if they are to be believed."
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Jenelle
Nov 09, 2011
I love raiendg these articles because they're short but informative.