I get really sore after a good workout. Is it okay to use ice and/or ibuprofen to recover after I lift?
Sure, should you strain your ankle or pull a hamstring muscle.
However, need to be a little careful utilising either of these strategies for just post training soreness or DOMS.
This is because both reduce/interfere with the post training inflammatory response that is a necessary part of the body’s natural adaptation process. A process as important to building muscle or increasing fitness levels as the actual training itself.
So, that post training “soreness” is actually a signal that you’ve trained with enough intensity to give the body notice that it needs to initiate a cascade of responses to repair the damage you’ve inflicted to the system.
Best to just relax, take a hot bath, apply good nutritional strategies that perhaps include HMB, BCAA, creatine and a balanced intake of macros.
I sometimes kick back in a jacuzzi or hot tub with a small glass of red wine and admire the stars after a good meal.
This also seems to do the trick.