Other than popping pills, many of which have severe side-effects, there are many alternatives for dealing with muscle soreness. Here are a few:
Deep freeze: One of the best cold compresses could be in your freezer. A bag of frozen vegetables easily conforms to the shape of your body. Hold the cold stuff on your achy body part for no more than 20 minutes. And give your aching muscles a rest for a few days too.
Gently stretch: Though sore muscles are tender at first, gentle stretching will relax the tension so the rest of the day is more comfortable. The pain may get worse before it gets better, but if you are still hurting after three or four days, see a doctor.
Go with the food: Foods rich in bioflavonoids, such as green, leafy vegetables and green tea, can help, as can staying hydrated by drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water a day. Increasing your flexibility with yoga and stretching exercises will also help your lymphatic system drain better.
Use liniment: There is a wide range of pain-relief liniments available, from gentle herbal salves to ‘hot’ capsaicin rubs. For pain in your knee or other sore spots, rub in some liniment and wrap the area with plastic wrap. The wrap will increase the heating effect of the liniment. Make sure to test on a small area first to make sure your skin does not burn.
Soak in cider: Adding two cups apple cider vinegar to your bathwater is a great way to soothe away your aches and pains, or to simply take the edge off a stressful day. Adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your bath can assist as well.
Hot Beans: A hot bean or rice bag may be just the cure you need. Fill an old sock with dry rice or beans, and tie the end tightly. Microwave it on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Make sure it is not too hot, then apply it to your aching muscles.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture techniques using electrical stimulation, topical herbs or even acupressure can cut the pain and soreness in half.