Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

This is a muscle pain that begins after you've worked out. It normally starts a day or two after your workout (day 2 is always the worst!) If you feel pain during or immediately after a workout this is called acute muscle soreness. Acute muscle soreness is the burning sensation you may feel due to a quick lactic acid build up.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine; DOMS typically occur up to at least 12-24 hours after a workout. The pain tends to peak about 1-3 days after your workout and then should subside.

Symptoms of DOMS to watch out for may include:

*muscles that feel tender to the touch

*reduced range of motion due to pain and stiffness when moving

*swelling in the affected muscles

*muscle fatigue

*short-term loss of muscle strength

DOMS is caused by microscopic tears in the muscle fibre - the body responds by increasing inflammation which can lead to the delayed soreness. Anyone can experience DOMS at any time. It is therefore important to follow a good training and recovery programme so the affects of DOMS are not too long lasting.

Keeping mobile, and drinking plenty of water will help to recover from DOMS.

If you need help with your recovery or reducing DOMS email Sophie on to arrange a consultation.

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