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?
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is a common experience for many people after a workout. Although it is common, many people do not know the reason behind it. A common misconception is that soreness is caused by the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles. However, DOMS occurs when the 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 is an inevitable part of your fitness journey, but there are ways to reduce or alleviate it. Staying hydrated, improving blood circulation, getting enough sleep and recovery are all important, but another effective way is to get a deep tissue massage.
A deep tissue massage is not a relaxing massage that will 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 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 by helping to improve blood circulation.
Besides improving muscle soreness, deep tissue massages have also been proven to be beneficial for those with sports injuries, sciatica, chronic back pain, high blood pressure, and even tennis elbow. However, it’s important to note that deep tissue massages should be avoided by those with osteoporosis or cancer that has spread to the bones as the pressure used may cause a fracture. Pregnant women should also avoid deep tissue massages and opt for gentler types of massages such as Swedish massage.
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