How do you get rid of lactic acid in your calves?
Is there any other way to get rid of it besides stretching...i have been for a while now and its not going away. should i be putting ice on it? or heat maybe?
- SamLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
As far as alternatives to basic stretching, there are many ways to try to treat your sore muscles.
The most common recommendation is to use a topical analgesic, like Ben Gay, but studies have shown that the active ingredients never reach your muscles. They are designed for arthritic pain, you should not be used for muscle soreness at all. Internal analgesics like Advil, Aleve, and Motrin can ease your pain, but they do not get rid of it any faster.
Icing has little efficacy for muscle soreness from running, and heating is the preferred method. No one really knows for sure why this is true. However, it is commonly thought that this is because the cells in your muscles need to remove the excess lactic acid from your body, and they cannot do their job if it is too cold for them to work. Lightly heating your muscles will help your cells do their job. My personal favorite method is the ThermaCare line of products that you can find at your local pharmacy, but there are other heating pads out there.
As I mentioned before, lightly heating your muscles is the best way of speeding up your recovery. As such, the best method is simple stretching and resting so that your muscles can recover. The "Marathon Stick" that someone else mentioned is an easy way of massaging your legs and many hard-core runners like to get professional massages after their races. I see no problem with either approaches since they lightly heat your muscles towards a speedier recovery, and they work!
Good luck on getting rid of your soreness.
- 6 years ago
The method I found best for me was to take a warm bath. Ice(for swelling), rub the best muscle cream I have then wrap it up. I always feel better the next day. I've dealt with A LOT of theseSource(s): Experienced Athlete for 6+ years
- lestermountLv 71 decade ago
It is a myth that your soreness is caused by lactic acid. Tests have proven that whether you cool down, stretch, get a massage, or just go lay down all of the lactic acid is gone the next day. The soreness is caused by micro tears in the muscle. It is a good idea to cool down and stretch after a workout. It will help you feel better the next day. Do not put heat on sore muscles. Ice can help reduce swelling if that is a problem, and it can make you feel better also. Drink plenty of water, it is easy to become dehydrated without knowing it, and before you feel thirsty.
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- 1 decade ago
Ice helps it feel better, but I'm not sure if it actually makes the lactic acid get converted back to pyruvic acid... Take an "ice bath" as my team calls them, soak with really cold water and maybe some epsom salts, and keep stretching. Rest up and get plenty of sleep. I had the same problem a few weeks ago in my quads.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
My calf muscles get really sore after my long training runs for the marathon. The method that I found that works the best is to massage them. I use a massage stick ("The Stick") that's like a comfortable rolling pin...it's helped me cut down on recovery time. I'd try some light self-massage; drink plenty of water; walk whenever possible to keep the muscles from 'locking' up. Hope that helps. See the link below for more info. Good luck!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The lactic acid isn't there anymore. It already went away but the lactic acid did some damage to your muscules which made them hurt/sore. Depending on how bad it is, your muscule should grow back and bigger on its own. If you want to relieve the pain you can try some plain old ice or maybe some icyhot.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Best advice is to prevent. So follow a more progressive training and drink more during runing. After the run, stretch a little, get pro massage, drink plenty and get your leg up for at least 15mn. Basicaly, if it happens often, it means that you expect more then you're capable of. Light up your training routine.
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