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Delayed onset muscle soreness

DOMS is a feeling that can be felt during intense exercise or through movements that are familiar to individuals.


What is DOMS?



Delayed on set muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain felt in the muscles after strenuous or unfamiliar activities that the muscles are not use to. The soreness may last anywhere from 24 to 72 hours after the initial activities have been performed. It was thought that a build-up of lactic acid was to blame for the feeling of pain and soreness after activities but on closer inspection it is widely thought that DOMS is caused by lengthening (eccentric) actions of the muscles causing micro tears within the muscles. The muscle adapts to its environment to perform the demands and stresses it's been put under and also to prevent injury, but as a by-product of this, delayed onset muscles soreness is developed.



The soreness that is felt after activity can be an aching sensation that can cause pain to individuals. Movements can be painful when the muscles are put under stress and stretched out but the pain subsides at rest.


How can massage help DOMS?



The chances are that the majority of the population has suffered from some form of DOMS at some point their life. It can be apparent through a new exercise routine that has targeted inactive muscles or performing unfamiliar movements with added stress. Through massage the results can be as much as 30% decrease in soreness and pain. Typically a deep type massage rather than a superficial massage would be of benefit to the individuals suffering from DOMS as targeting and stimulating the muscles bellies where the majority of the micro tears congregate should be targeted for pain and soreness relief.


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



The benefits of massage for DOMS



Delayed onset muscle soreness can last for a prolonged amount of time without any treatment being given. Not only can it be disabling in chronic cases but it can also affect daily routines and exercises, even sitting at a desk can be an uncomfortable experience.

Massage for DOMS can:-
  • Alleviate pain
  • Speed up recovery time
  • Relax muscles
  • Increase blood flow to effected areas
  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase range of movement
  • Prepares the body for activity

Why Liverpool Physio?



The specialists at Liverpool physio work alongside their clients on a schedule that is suitable and convenient for them. Massages can be performed in a professional clinical setting or in the comfort of the client's home, or even at a sports event should it be needed. In order for DOMS to be effectively treated, a massage should be performed by a professional with extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Here at Liverpool Physio we maintain a mentality that shines through into our work ethic. Not only does the specialist treat, but also educate their clients on self-managing conditions such as DOMS.


Summary



Most individuals have suffered at some point a level of DOMS. Not only can it be inconvenient but also disabling in severe cases to the point where the slightest movement can cause pain. A massage could make all the difference from being in discomfort and performing functional movements.

How to book an appointment

For more information regarding the types of massages available or further information regarding DOMS and to arrange an appointment with one of our specialist then email us at office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call 0151 558 0077.

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