Recently, I did my running and strength building exercises and had overstretched my leg and arm muscles. I’m in shape, but I’m not a runner and made it though it all just fine, but as soon as I stopped my legs hurts like the 2 days post leg workout. It is now 2 days later and my entire body hurts like nothing I’ve never felt before. Is there anything I can do to get this “lactic acid” pain to feel better so I can move some what normally again?
I did some reading and thought it will be great to share with anybody who suffers the same fate as me.
Lactic acid can only leave a cell by a process called facilitated diffusion. This means that the lactic acid can only leave after it first attaches to specific lactic acid transport proteins in the sarcolemma. When lots of lactic acid is produced, the removal is slow since the transport proteins are overwhelmed and lactic acid cannot get out as fast as it is made.
You can think of this like a line of cars trying to leave a parking lot onto a small road at the end of a sporting event or concert. So, when lactic acid concentration gets high, the cell has trouble getting rid of it. This not only serves to keep the pH low for a long period, but it can also have other effects. The result is that water tends to diffuse from where it is more concentrated (outside of the cell — there is less stuff dissolved in it there) to where it is less concentrated (inside the cell since there is more junk dissolved in it there). As water enters the cell, the cell will begin to swell. The movement just discribed is called osmosis. In severe exercise that results in the production of a lot of lactic acid or in cases where blood flow is reduced to a muscle, this process will cause muscle cells to swell.
- One way is to actually do light, repetitive exercise. For instance, if your legs hurt from squatting with heavy weight, it actually helps to do squats with no weight to help circulate the lactic acid from the buildup area.
- Keep stretching your muscles and soak in hot water and epsom salt twice a day.
- Drink lots of water (more than your usual intake)
Hope above helps and if there are any better ways, please feel free to comment on this post.
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