Stop Muscle Soreness—with Your Underwear!

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Squeeze out soreness: Wearing compression garments after a tough workout can reduce exercise-related muscle aches and improve performance, reports a new study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

In the study, rugby players did series of sprint intervals and a 1.9-mile run, then wore either compression tights or regular tights for 24 hours. Those who wore the garments post-workout ran an average of 2 percent faster on another 1.9-mile run the following day. Even better, they experienced about half as much soreness after 48 hours compared to wearing normal tights. (Sick of running? Try these musclemorphosis.com instead.)

When a muscle is damaged from exercise, there is swelling which then sensitizes pain receptors, says study author Mike Hamlin, Ph.D., of Lincoln University. “The garments reduce swelling and therefore pain. They increase blood flow, too, so the harmful products released from the damaged muscle can be flushed out, also reducing the chance for soreness.”

When shopping for compression garments, they should be difficult to pinch away from the muscle, Hamlin says. “A general rule would be that they’re tight enough to cause a feeling of pressure, but not so tight that they cut off blood supply or cause pain.” (Click here for our full list of musclemorphosis.com.)

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