Have you experienced the feeling of excruciating pain, muscles been twisted after a work out? You’re not alone. Muscle Soreness after a workout is common in individuals who suddenly engage in strenuous physical activity or have not been regularly involved in such activity.
Why does it hurt? The pain that is experienced after a workout is termed as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). The reason for the onset of soreness is that muscles needs to get adapted in the initial days for the excess physical stress imposed on them. The other cause is the microscopic tears that happen in muscles and the connective tissue during workouts.
Who does DOMS affect? DOMS can affect everyone and anyone who are involved in regular workouts. It also affects the people who frequently keep changing their exercise or fitness regimen.
How long does DOMS last for? DOMS usually starts after 24 to 48 hours of workout and can last up to 5 to 7 days. The severity of the pain reduces with the passing time but mild pain remains for 5 to 7 days
Symptoms of DOMS – Symptoms vary from muscle pain, stiffness, weakness and increased sensitivity to touch. People with low pain threshold would feel the pain exaggerated
Treatment for DOMS – No specific treatment is available, however Ice pack applications, massage, hot packs, OTC pain killer medicines are found to be effective
How can DOMS be prevented? Start slowly, gently and gradually with your work outs, such that your muscles have sufficient time to get adapted, thus leading to less strain and damage to the muscle fibers
Can the workout be continued with DOMS? Yes! DOMS should not be an excuse for dropping out from exercise
It is not necessary that you experience DOMS throughout your work out sessions. As your muscles get adapted, the intensity as well as the severity of the post workout muscle pain will reduce.
Stretch out your body, start working out regularly, let the DOMS not stop you!
Be more than well. Be well prepared.