What is Relief?

The relief is the process and result of alleviated or relieve (reduce or eliminate a load or weight, whether physical or symbolic). For example: “I have already found the keys, what a relief”, “Being able to tell my father everything I thought about the situation was a relief for me”, “Take the remedies that I have indicated and soon you will feel considerable relief”.

Relief is often linked to bodily pain or discomfort. Suppose a man suffers from a severe headache. To mitigate this condition, he decides to consume paracetamol, a drug that acts as an analgesic and is indicated for this type of ailments. A short time later, the subject experiences relief: his head no longer hurts.

The idea of ​​relief can also be linked to canceling or erasing a feeling or emotion that affects someone in a negative way. A person may be very distressed after arguing with their partner. Her friends, to try to overcome the bad moment, invite her to play soccer. The individual accepts, has fun, and is relieved to stop constantly thinking about the breakup.

The end of a concern is another issue that relates to relief. A woman is concerned that her son is behind schedule and is not returning home at the time he had announced. When called on the phone, the teenager does not answer. A few minutes later, the boy returns home, explains to his mother that his phone ran out of battery and clarifies that he was late because the train he was traveling on was delayed. For the mother, reuniting with her son and confirming that nothing bad happened to him was a relief.

Tips to relieve muscle pain

After intense physical exercise sessions, it is common to feel pain in the muscles, something that can take place constantly or when adopting a particular posture, such as sitting or lying down. Unless other symptoms arise, such as fever and inability to move a limb, it is advisable to treat pain at home, and for this there are many useful tips.

One of them consists in taking a shower in which cold and hot water alternate, so that the contrast works to relieve the muscles. The total duration of the bath should not exceed 5 minutes, and the sequences of cold and hot water should last 20 and 10 seconds, respectively.

While it may seem a method cumbersome or uncomfortable, many people recommend it as one of the most effective. For those who cannot resist the contrast between cold and heat, there is an alternative: use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in a hot water bath.

Many athletes resort to the RICE method, whose acronym we can translate from English as Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. In most cases, it is very suitable for treating back or neck pain, although it can offer benefits to anyone who feels localized discomfort after a strenuous exercise practice. Let’s see each of its points below:

* Rest: It is important to allow sore muscles to rest until the problem is over, to avoid complications or permanent damage. Patience is key;

* Ice: it is advisable to apply ice packs directly to the affected area and leave them for just under half an hour, more than once a day;

* Compression: Using a compression bandage to relieve inflammation. This article can be found in any pharmacy;

* Elevation: To achieve pain relief it is also important to keep the aching limb above the heart.