I’m ending up with a really tight calf muscle all the time. It really stiffens overnight, and it is painful in the morning. The muscles are even tender to the touch so it is very painful to massage them. Is there some kind of massage device for the calf muscle? Is there something I am doing wrong or that I should be doing?
I get that, too, sometimes. Maybe once or twice a year. I don’t knwo the answer. It can last for a few days though. I have to try to soak in warm water, massage the muscle (gently because it hurts) and I use a muscle pain cream on it. It’s not too effective but it helps enough for me to keep doing it. I guess pills could probably help but I usually try not to take pain pills unless I really have to.
Oh no that doesn’t sound fun! Have you tried one of those massagers that is pretty much a bar with little knobby wheels in the middle? So the ends of the bar are the handles and you just run the wheels up and down your muscle. Or even one of those foam rollers. That gets right into the muscle and presses out the tension. If you learn how to use one of those, it might help you a lot.
Thanks. I’ve been doing that a bit, but not that much. I’d been icing it…clearly I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ll see what I can do to start taking warm baths and maybe massage the muscle. I’m hesitant to do that because it hurts to touch it so the last thing I want to do is push on the muscle. Wish me luck!
did icing it help at all? Do you ice a muscle or just joints? I always thought that you put heat on muscles but ice joints. Now that I say it, I feel like that’s wrong. What’s the rule for choosing heat or ice?