Cardiovascular and muscular exercise is the best ally in the fight against aging and the advancement of years. However, the daily obligations can be overwhelming and hinder the maintenance of an active lifestyle. Therefore, we tend to abandon and resume exercise, which promotes the appearance of muscle pain and muscle soreness. In this scenario, pressotherapy can be a great ally.
There are multiple sources of muscle pain after physical exercise. In some cases, they pose no health risk, while in others, they can lead to injury. Nevertheless, it's important to know that sports involves the onset of fatigue, which is a very common and normal phenomenon. The intensity and duration of these sensations are what allow us to differentiate between normal pain and a warning sign.
There are some basic tips to prevent and minimize pain after exercising. The primary one is to warm up before exercising and stretch once the activity is completed, never the other way around. Proper hydration is also essential to prevent injuries. And if the sensation of pain persists, a muscle massage can help relax and provide a sense of comfort in the affected area.
When the threshold of activity that the muscles are prepared to endure is exceeded, muscle soreness occurs because intensive training can damage muscle fibers, allowing the muscle to grow when these fibers recover. On the other hand, a similar pain can be experienced in the form of overload or muscle contraction. In the first case, in addition to pain, stiffness in the affected muscle may be noticed, while in the second case, an involuntary muscle contraction generates pain, inflammation, and difficulty in the mobility of the area while it persists. Finally, the sensation of a sharp pain is a clear indicator of an injury, such as a muscle rupture, and the severity depends on the extent of the fracture.
If, despite applying all the mentioned tips, muscle pain does not subside, there is still a solution: pressotherapy. This is a therapeutic technique with applications in physiotherapy that involves the application of controlled air pressure to reactivate both the lymphatic and circulatory systems, providing a range of health benefits, including muscle recovery. If you cannot consult a professional, a pressotherapy device for home use is equally effective, even if it has less power.
There are many sources of muscle pain in the legs, as previously explained. Leg muscles are involved in almost all actions we perform and require a good blood flow. However, we can summarize the main causes of pain in this area as follows: