When you are training Muay Thai in Thailand, you may sometime injure yourself, that’s a normal thing for every martial art, beginners tend to over-do stuff and end up crying like a baby. Injuries tend to happen mostly to newbies as they don’t have knowledge and most of them have an urge to become overnight-champions and in that flow they go beyond their limits and end up on bed. So what to do if you’ve pulled a muscle or are going through muscle soring. I would say if the pain is intense and serious then you must see a doctor immediately but if you’re just going through Muscle soreness after training or a pulled muscle then you can follow the below given steps to overcome that and recover.
1. Get a Massage
Look Around, you’re in Thailand, the land of Massages. Go out and find a massage parlor (I bet, you won’t have to try hard looking for one), once there, get a body massage and do ask the employee to massage the affected area. Massage will loosen up your body and will open all the blocked skin pores, your body will breathe fresh and damaged muscle tissues will heal faster. Try to get a massage as frequently as possible, its ok if you only massage the affected area, you don’t have to pay for body massages every now and then and I’ve heard that in Thailand you can get massage as cheap as $25.
2. Take a Few Days Off
If your muscle was pulled then you must take as much rest as possible. Continuing training will make the pain worse. Take some break and rest. Use cushions to support your affected area and try not to move it. If the pain is intense then use Ice-pouch on the affected area.
3. Mentally Heal
If you stay calm and positive mentally then you can tackle the pain and prepare your body to heal faster. Don’t lose hope, injury is completely normal, I know it’s kind of puts stress on your mind but you must stay positive mentally, it has been proved that if we stay calm mentally, we can heal injuries faster.
4. Warm up before Training
All muscle related injuries can be prevented if you warm up properly before beginning any intense activity. Warm up prepares your muscles for training and prevents injuries. Make sure that you stretch properly before beginning Muay Thai Training.
5. See a Doctor
If the pain is worse and un-controllable then go see a doctor, there is a chance of muscle tearing. In that case you might have to go through a surgery, see a doctor for details regarding muscle tear.