An anti-inflammatory, many runners believe that ibuprofen does away with muscle soreness – but it actually does more harm than good.
A study tracked ibuprofen use at the 160km “Western States 100″ in the USA. The pills failed to reduce muscle pain or soreness, and blood tests revealed that ibuprofen takers actually had greater levels of inflammation than those who abstained from the drug.
Bottom line: there is absolutely no reason for runners to be using ibuprofen (darn!).
What are your pain-reducing remedies? Ice bath? Long stretch? Deep heat?