DOMS – The leg day phantom

That ache after a workout has a name – “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)”. After a heavy duty leg day, a change in dead lift weights or coming back to workout after a holiday I think most of us can relate to that niggling muscle pain and soreness that hits 12-48 hours later. Any “new” thing that challenges our bodies is a good thing but we can, and usually do, pay for it. We have all experienced our days of soreness but what can we do to speed up recovery?

Although deep tissue massage is not recommended for this type of discomfort, light massage was has been found effective in alleviating DOMS by approximately 30% and reducing swelling. (J Athl Train. 2005 Jul-Sep; 40(3): 174–180.) By increasing blood flow to those tight, knotted, and restricted areas, it is possible to increase the oxygen flow. Oxygen in turn is going to improve cellular recovery from your workouts and challenging training sessions. These are ideal for sports specific training, alleviating pain, improving performance, improving the recovery process, and people just starting out in their health and fitness journey.

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