Sunday, March 3, 2024

Muscle Soreness - combat Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

 Having sore muscles after a good work out session is a common experience. This is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and can happen anywhere from 24 to 72 hours after engaging in intense or unfamiliar exercises. DOMS is a result of micro trauma to the muscle fibers and leads to an inflammatory response causing muscle discomfort.

There's a couple ways to help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness. 

  • Dynamic stretching before exercising and doing static stretching during cool down helps to reduce soreness and improve recovery time. 

  • Foam rolling and massage therapy are two other ways to help increase blood flow into the muscles and reduce tension.

  • Antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E help to mitigate the inflammatory response associated with DOMS. Although caution with over supplementing in vitamin E as it can be toxic.

So if you want to reduce muscle soreness after a great workout and enhance your recovery, try to incorporate some of these strategies.  And keep using it!

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