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How can I get over being sore?

Asked by Perchik (4982points) January 3rd, 2008

I’ve been rock climbing more frequently than normal and my arms seem to be continually sore. How can I soothe the soreness and “cure” it?

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sferik's avatar

I always take a long, hot bath after I go skiing. It feels great and seems to make the soreness go away.

Perchik's avatar

Sounds like a plan. I’ll give it a try… even though me fitting into a bathtub is not an easy feat.

blueberryme's avatar

I think the potassium in bananas is supposed to be helpful. Also, drink lots of water and stretch!

andrew's avatar

If you have some fructose immediately after you climb, it should aid in recovery. A fruit juice, or banana, or gatorade all have helped me.

Also, if you’re torquing out your arms you may not be using your legs enough when you climb. Is it your forearms?

Perchik's avatar

Yeah it’s mostly my forearms and shoulders. I’ve been climbing pretty sloppily lately because I’ve been to stubborn to return the shoes I got which are a little big…
big climbing shoes = feet slipping = more use of arms.
(and one of the bouldering problems I’ve been working focuses on a lot of campusing)

But I know the reasons I’m sore, I’m just trying to find ways to work around the soreness.

syz's avatar

I don’t think there is really any faster way to get lactic acid out of your muscles. A mild cardio workout should increase bloodflow and may minimize the time required to remove it.

Where do you climb? I have limited options here in NC.

Perchik's avatar

Mostly I’ve been climbing at a gym in columbia, but occasionally I’ll do Crowders mountain in NC. It’s about a mile hike, but you can do some good top road stuff there.

gooch's avatar

ice whirlpools increases recovery time

christybird's avatar

If you add Epsom salts to your bath, that helps (you can absorb the potassium through your skin & it helps with soreness).

Part of it is probably just getting back into climbing. When I first started climbing, I was really, really sore for a couple weeks and then, it went away. I don’t get that sore anymore. Be careful though if you get any tendon soreness – you build muscle strength much faster than tendon strength and you don’t want to injure connective tissue, it takes FOREVER to heal.

bath_angel's avatar

A bath would be great for you. You can soak with bath salts that has Epsom salts in them. Epsom salts helps with alleviating soreness. http://www.sfbsc.com/epsom-salt

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