Have you ever experienced muscle soreness following your gym workout? Maybe it came on that night, the next day, or even two to three days afterwards?
Muscle soreness following exercise is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This is different to acute muscle soreness which develops during or immediately following exercise. DOMS can occur anytime from several hours to 72 hours following exercise, and is thought to develop as a result of microscopic damage to the muscle fibres during exercise. The severity of the muscle soreness experienced is dependent upon the amount of load experienced by the muscle groups.
DOMS develops as a result of an unaccustomed load to the muscle area that has been exercised. This may be due to several changes including:
Change of exercise type
Only exercising a certain group of muscles, eg just legs
Increased intensity of exercise
Increased the load or duration of the exercise
The most effective form of prevention to reduce the severity of the muscle soreness is to commence or continue your exercise program slowly and gently. The more sore the muscle does not necessarily mean the better outcome you will have with your exercise program. It could mean more damage to your muscles.
So before you start any form of exercise, you may need specific guidance and advice from your physiotherapist.
At The Physio Clinic, there are several highly trained, experienced physiotherapists who can assist you to commence exercise safely and effectively, or can provide you with exercises best suited for your body and specific goals.
We have on-site gym facilities where you can exercise safely in a closed environment, and participate in small physiotherapist supervised gym classes to get you back on track faster.
If you experience DOMS and may not be getting the best out of your exercise, come in and see us now.
For more information, phone The Physio Clinic on 8342 1233
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