Hi Friends of Oompf, it’s Alvan here. Today we will be talking about DOMS aka Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness which is the muscle soreness you feel after an intense workout.
DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is the muscle soreness most commonly felt after an intense workout or if you’ve recently started to exercise. It can last for about 24-72 hours after the exercise. Some people may even feel it for up to 5 days if they have not exercised in awhile.
Why does muscle soreness occur?
Although it is very common to feel soreness after a workout, most people do not actually know the reason behind this. A common misconception is that soreness is caused by the build up of lactic acid in the muscles. However, DOMS actually occur when your muscles are required to work harder than they’re used to or in a different way, which causes microscopic tears to the muscle fibres, resulting in the soreness.
Getting DOMS are an inevitable part of your fitness journey however there are a couple of ways to reduce or alleviate it. Besides staying hydrated, improving blood circulation and getting enough sleep and recovery, one other effective way is to get a deep tissue massage.
A deep tissue massage is not one that feels relaxing and can put you to sleep. Instead, it involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues especially in the areas where tension has built up. This is intended to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and/or reduce tension in muscle and tissue. It also promotes faster recovery as it helps to improve blood circulation as well.
Besides improving muscle soreness, deep tissue massages have also proven to be beneficial for those with sports injuries, sciatica, chronic back pain, high blood pressure and even tennis elbow.
It is common for the specific area massaged to be sore for a couple of days prior to the massage. However anyone with osteoporosis or cancer that’s spread to the bones should avoid deep tissue massage as the pressure used may cause a fracture. You should also avoid deep tissue massages if you are pregnant and opt for gentler types of massages such as Swedish massage.
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