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Injury Recovery

What’s a good way to help your body recover from injuries, hot/cold showers, heating pad, sauna?

I’ve been trying to put on some mass so I’m doing low rep (6-4) deads, squats, bench, etc… It just seems like I’ve always got strains in my back, knees, & neck, that are not related to the muscle tissue (ya know, the “good” kind of pain).

Lately I feel like and 80 year old man when I’m trying to get outta bed in the morning. Are these injuries just part of paying your dues for lifting heavy?

Bump

DS,
I’m a little past 50, so yeah, I have many “minor” bumps and bruises. I congratulate you for going heavy. I too lift heavy and also do some speed lifting as well, which joints do not love. I think these things work, at least ameliorate a little, the joint inflammation:
-warm up with 2 sets of 50% 1RM, 12 reps
-ice joints if painful
-Omega 3s
-MSM
-Vit. C
-Zyfamend - natural Cox2 inhibitor
-Advil
-Aleve
-Voltaren
-ART manipulation
-pineapple enzyme - for the love of God, I forgot its name