Do you really NEED that Advil?

Today’s post covers the topic of anti-inflammatory usage in response to exercise. Whether it is a muscle strain, delayed-onset muscle soreness or an underlying chronic injury, there are definitive ways to decipher whether a trip to the medicine cabinet will help.

Follow These Steps

Step One: Go for a long walk

Doing some longer bouts of low-intensity physical activity can help you to determine if this is an issue that will be improved with blood flow, or worsened.   If you find yourself “loosening up” after a long walk, you may be dealing with something that can be handled without medication.

Step Two: Do you feel better?    

If you were to throw ADVIL on top of an issue that is improved with blood flow and activity, you could be halting the recovery process that is in effect.  Several studies have shown the negative effects of anti-inflammatories on protein synthesis, which is when your body repairs itself.   If you are dealing with soreness from exercise, popping an ADVIL is going to do more harm than good.

Step Three: Do you feel worse?

If you find yourself with exacerbated symptoms following physical activity, you may be dealing with a muscular strain, tear or an underlying chronic injury.   In this event, you should be following up with your medical professional to determine a proper course of action.

Throwing anti-inflammatories in the face of a pain response stops your ability to “hear” your body.  

If you are putting yourself in positions where you should be in pain and not feeling anything, this could be making the initial problem worse, leading to a lengthened recovery window when you finally seek the help that you need.   


Don’t let a whimper become a cry for help.  If you’re body is telling you something via pain feedback, it needs something from you.  What it doesn’t need is a pacifier and a band-aid.

Thanks for reading.   


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