You have a great leg session in the gym, you wake up the next day and you your legs feel heavy and sore this is DOMS.
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a common phenomenon that occurs after exercise and typically develops 24-72 hours after exercising and subsides in a few days. Although DOMS can be uncomfortable, it is generally not a cause for concern and can be managed effectively with proper care and attention.
The pain associated with DOMS is typically described as a dull ache or stiffness, which can be accompanied by tenderness, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected muscle groups – sound familiar?
Fortunately, there are several ways to manage DOMS and alleviate its symptoms. First and foremost, rest and recovery are crucial in allowing the affected muscles to repair themselves. Adequate hydration and proper nutrition can also help support muscle recovery and reduce inflammation.
Additionally, gentle stretching and light exercise, such as walking or swimming, can help increase blood flow and reduce muscle stiffness. Applying heat or cold therapy, such as a warm bath or ice pack, can also help alleviate pain and promote healing.
Massage and other forms of soft tissue therapy, such as foam rolling, can help reduce muscle tension and improve flexibility. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, can also help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, but it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medications.
In conclusion, DOMS is a common and temporary condition that can occur after engaging in new or intense physical activity, if you are suffering from DOMs and feel you are in need of a massage to help relieve the symptoms we have 3 qualified sports therapists at the gym who can treat you and help with specific stretches, we also have lots of foam rollers you can use and a stretching machine.