Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (D.O.M.S.) is a phenomenon not entirely understood but exceedingly well known in the fitness world. While there are different theories about what actually causes DOMS (ranging from lactic acid buildup to micro-tears in the muscle tissues), it is generally recognized as a post-activity muscle soreness that is brought on by exercise which either requires extreme exertion or simply by participation in any physical activity that an individual is unaccustomed too. DOMS typically appears between 24 and 72 hours after the associated exertion and can last up to 7 days depending upon the intensity of the activity as well as other factors (such as dehydration, improper nutrition, et cetera). Without a precise understanding of the primary factors that contribute to the DOMS effect, it can be confusing trying to determine methods to effectively curb this post-workout problem, but this is not to say there is little hope of relief.
For those who suffer DOMS, symptoms can range from mildly irritating to nearly debilitating causing extreme discomfort during common activities such as walking, standing or even raising an arm. Individuals wishing to avoid DOMS altogether, it is generally thought that exercises and activities which focus on isometric and concentric contractions pose very little threat to the musculature and therefore greatly reduce the risk of DOMS occurrence. Those who enjoy a more vigorous workout routine (and the associated cardiovascular benefits) may find that DOMS is simply an expected, yet unfortunate reality with every workout.
Experienced personal trainers and athletes have come to find that the severity and likelihood of DOMS can be reduced or prevented by slowly increasing the intensity of an exercise over a period of time, but this may not always be the case, and for those who suffer noticeably, or have no say over the intensity of their workout or work load, massage therapy may be of significant benefit. How so? Experts agree that due to massage therapy's effect on the body's circulatory system, DOMS symptoms can be significantly reduced, if not alleviated altogether. Although the exact reasons behind the effectiveness of this treatment aren't completely clear, the underlying reality centers on massage's influence on circulation throughout the body. Trainers and therapists far and wide understand the significant impact that improved circulation has on the body's recovery system. Improving circulation means that the body can begin driving wastes and toxins from the body tissues while bringing in nutrients and other restorative elements, in turn speeding healing and recovery from strain or injury. Just as other conditions which indicate massage for general tissue recovery, you may just find relief from your DOMS symptoms in the hands of a capable and well-trained therapist.
If you or someone you know suffers with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), try setting up a series of regular post-workout massage sessions and experience the beneficial effects for yourself. Give us a call at The Great Escape Massage & Wellness Center LLC in Chadron today 308.432.4558 and schedule your sessions now. If you have questions or concerns, we'll be happy to help you find the answers you need. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Jerri W., LMT, CWC
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 23 years of experience in pain management, relaxation techniques and lifestyle education.
Heather R., LMT, CWC
Certified Wellness Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping others achieve optimal wellness through healthier living.
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