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Delayed onset muscle soreness

Are you pulling up sore from your new year/new you exercise regime?

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is tenderness and stiffness commonly experienced after exercising at high volumes and differing loads. It is thought to be related to microscopic trauma in the muscle fibres secondary to exercises that stress muscle tissue beyond what it is used to. This sensation can occur 12-24 hours after exercise, often lasting for 3-5 days.

There is no immediate cure but there are a few methods you can employ to help ease the pain:

• stretching the affected muscles

• foam rolling and trigger ball release

• light walk or other exercise to encourage blood flow and active recovery

The good news is, the more you load your muscles over time, the less likely you are to experience DOMS in the future. Speak to your physio during your next appointment to find out more about DOMS, or if you suspect your aches and pains are something more than just muscular soreness.

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