hot then cold, if you in sports and sore or pulled a muscle its hot then cold. The hotness will relax yoUr muscle faster,some people use hot cream before sports or running so your muscle can be ready to flex at any movement your gonna make. People become sore cause sometimes people dont stretch before running or anything your gonna do so there body can be warm and flexible and able to move/flex better. Cold it's like freezing, taking longer your muscle that s, why people become sore after games cause ur muscle are warm. After you stop your muscle are taking longer to go back into normal use as a daily life which is writing moving any sort of easy movement. Just saying take a warm shower lay down for a while relax when you are sore give it sometime for your muscle can heal faster in the warm water then just do whatever your gonna do i prefer relax.
Your question was sore muscle, not injured. Assuming it is sore from exercise and activity, the soreness comes from lactic acid which builds up in the muscle during exercise. You can help move the lactic acid along with additional, but very light, activity in the same muscle. If you want to use external methods, then it will be heat which helps the muscle with this lactic acid removal, again, with light exercise in the same muscle.
It depends: If it is swollen, do ice then heat, so the swelling will go down. If not, then use heat first to relax your muscles, then ice. Whichever way you choose, make sure, especially on the ice, do 20 min. of each ONLY. Hope this helps!
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Last edited at 10:45PM on 12/3/2012
Hold an ice pack to you sore muscles for around 15 minutes. After this, apply heat to your muscles. Heat can be applied with a heating pad or a hot shower. Repeat these steps alternating between cold and hot treatment for up to 20 minutes each. Simply using cold alone or heat alone is not as effective as using both.
you can use IcyHot which is a gel. it does the hot and cold sensation for you or you can also use bengay which helps with sore muscles. or you can just do regular if u want to do it manually but usually it is hot and then cold.
Hot then cold. Or you can use this new cream called 'Blue Emu-Super Strength'. You put it on at night, (rub it in) and sleep, and when you wake up in the morning, your sore muscles will feel soooo much better. It's a little pricey though. It costs about $13 at Wal*Mart for about 4oz. of cream.