You might have heard the term “DOMS” thrown around before; perhaps in the context of the gym, or exercise in general. DOMS (or delayed onset muscle soreness) is most easily defined as post-workout muscle pain.
As painful as an intense gym workout can be at the time that you’re going through it, we all know that it can hurt even more a day or two later. Anyone who has ever struggled to lift a coffee mug to their lips or taken 20 minutes to walk up a flight of stairs following a vigorous gym workout has experienced DOMS.
The good news is that DOMS is completely normal. In fact, it’s a tell-tale sign that your workout session has actually made a positive difference. The pain stems from rips and tears in your muscle fibres, as the result of activating muscles that aren’t accustomed to such strain.
Once these fibres tear, the surrounding muscle tissue will feel tight and sore. If it’s an area like your pectoral muscles, for example, you’ll probably find that you can’t swing your arms through their normal range of motion. If you’ve been working out your glutes or hamstrings, you might end up sleeping on the couch to avoid walking upstairs to the bedroom!
However, once these muscles heal, they’ll be stronger. No pain, no gain, as they say…
If you’re experiencing DOMS, a remedial massage from a qualified professional can help to alleviate pain, release tension and aid muscle recovery. Essendon Natural Health provides exceptional massage treatments, as well as acupuncture, naturopathy, osteopathy and other holistic natural health services. Call 03 9337 8572 to speak with our friendly reception team, or simply book your appointment online.