How to get rid of that soreness!
Muscle soreness, especially after exercise, is very common and is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS. This type of soreness develops 12-24 hours after activity and can last up to 72 hours. While exercising, your body creates micro-injury to your muscle and the soreness that occurs is associated with the body’s healing process. Some theories suggest it is also due to a build-up of lactic acid and the soreness is due to the body’s attempts to clear this away from your muscles. Symptoms specific to DOMS include:
- Possible swelling
- Tender to touch
- Temporary decreased strength
Luckily, there are things you can do at home, including icing your muscles and massage, to help reduce this pain. One of the most important things to remember is to listen to your body. Perform a low number of reps and take days off between intense exercises to allow your body to rest. Just because you may experience this does not mean you should stop exercising. Light motion can actually help to decrease some of the lactic acid and may result in less soreness. For more information on DOMS and how to prevent it, see your doctor or physical therapist.
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