Almost everyone has experienced some muscle soreness as a result of vigorous activities, whether it is after lifting weights at the gym, or after your first time doing gardening work in the spring.
The technical term for this muscle soreness is DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
Why do we experience DOMS?
Vigorous use of a muscle group causes tiny little tears or damage in the muscle fibers. This damage attracts more blood flow and inflammation to the area, causing symptoms like pain, reduced range of motion, and sometimes even swelling. This is a normal process which actually rebuilds the muscle fiber back even stronger.
Although delayed onset muscle soreness is a normal process, there are a few things you can do to reduce the discomfort. Doing a proper warm up before activity can help reduce DOMS. When the soreness is already present, an Epsom Salt bath or a light cardio or stretching session may help promote muscle relaxation and circulation.
Muscle Soreness isn’t always a good sign?
It is important to recognize the difference between ‘normal’ muscle soreness and a more serious injury.
Here are 3 warning signs that your soreness is not DOMS:
- The pain is sharp and stabbing (rather than stiff and achy)
- The soreness does not subside after 3 days
- The soreness does not get better with rest or a light workout
If you have sustained an injury or would like to prevent pain from occurring – don’t hesitate to contact us!