Post Exercise Soreness Bentleigh

image001It is common to experience pain after any increased physical exertion. This type of pain is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). DOMS is typically experienced by all individuals regardless of fitness level, and is a normal response in relation to increased physical exertion, or from the introduction of new physical activities.

The pain and discomfort associated with DOMS is usually at its worst around 24-48 hours after an exercise bout, and fully resolves within 96 hours. This is why it is important to allow 3 days between strength training to allow adequate tissue healing before you train again.

Generally, the higher the degree of exertion or the more intense the new activities are the greater the amount of soreness occurs after the exercise.

DOMS occurs when there is damage to the muscle cell membrane, which sets of an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response leads to the formation of metabolic waste products, which act as a chemical stimulus to the nerve endings, which creates a sensation of pain. These metabolic waste products attract more cells to the site of injury, which can further damage the cell membrane. Swelling is also a common manifestation, which at the site of membrane injury and can lead to further sensations of pain.

Typical symptoms of DOMS:

  • Loss of strength
  • Pain
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling

Clinical Myotherapy treatment involves reducing pain and inflammation, and prescribing exercises to aid in the recovery of post exercise soreness.

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