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Reduced DOMS

Delayed onset muscle soreness refers to the feeling of tenderness that develops within the muscles several hours post exercise. The sensation felt after exercise is predominantly caused by the muscles being lengthened out under tension which causes micro tears within the muscular makeup. Another cause of DOMS is the performance of unfamiliar exercises that the muscles have to adapt too which facilitates the muscles working in an unfamiliar fashion to adapt to the stress it is put under.

The intensity of DOMS increase 24 hours post exercise and actually peaks within the 24-48 hour bracket and then symptoms tend to decrease around the 5 day mark. DOMS does not reflect the actual damage the muscles have experienced so the times scale cycle isn't mutually exclusive.

What causes DOMS?



DOMS is usually related to a feeling and sensation that is felt post exercise or in individuals that performed unfamiliar exercise. Although the discomfort experienced varies, the actual cause of how much discomfort felt is unknown as it isn't related to the actual amount of stress put on the musculoskeletal system.


Soft tissue massage of abdominal oblique muscleAbove: Soft tissue massage of abdominal oblique muscle



Other factors related to the cause of DOMS are:-
  • Eccentric exercises (controlled elongation of the muscles)
  • Genetics
  • Unfamiliar functional movements
  • Dehydration




Deep tissue massage of lower latissimus  and lumber region to address delayed onset muscle sorenessAbove: Deep tissue massage of lower latissimus and lumber region to address delayed onset muscle soreness



The benefits of massage for DOMS



DOMS can have an effect on elite and recreational athletes despite how well conditioned the body is. DOMS can leave an individual with a loss of function, range of movement, strength and incapable of performing simple tasks.

Through the use of different types of massage, DOMS can be eased so that an increase in functional activities can be regained.

Benefits of massage include:-
  • Increase in range of movement
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase strength
  • Increase in flexibility
  • Psychological benefits
  • Injury prevention
  • Reduces stiffness
  • Reduce swelling
Other benefits to a massage at Liverpool Physio are the that the specialists are able to warm up the tissues using different types of techniques and are able to put the tissues on a stretch without their client actually participating. This applies to all areas of the body that may need stretching. The specialists also aim to promote healing by aiding in the body's natural healing processes. The specialists at Liverpool Physio are able to educate their clients with how the massage works and also give instructions on how to perform some of the techniques themselves.


Targeted massage of pectoralis major to address dealyed onset muscle sorenessAbove: Targeted massage of pectoralis major to address dealyed onset muscle soreness



Summary



Liverpool Physio's specialists have a wide variety of knowledge accompanied with the skills to provide any form of massage that will aid in the recovery of DOMS. Their aim is to reduce the feelings of DOMS being experienced and speed up the individual's recovery time. Individuals participating in any form of exercise or activity should incorporate a form of massage into their regime as it will help them recovery in a timely fashion giving them an advantage on their counterparts.

How to book an appointment

Our massage therapists are available now for bookings. Email us on office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call 0151 558 0077.

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