What is it and how can you treat it?
We’ve all heard the saying “No pain, no gain”. It’s what spurs us on as we exercise to exhaustion; it’s how we know we’re getting fitter or stronger. These days, not being able to pick up your coffee the following morning is seen as a badge of honour and hobbling along the corridor with legs that feel like bags of lead, is a conversation starter.
When you start a new exercise programme, change your routine or just go for it during a gym session, your muscles have to work harder than they’re used to. And the soreness or stiffness that you feel—sometimes for up to 2 days afterwards—is part of their recovery. It’s known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness—or DOMS—and, if you do too much too soon, it can really dent even the most ardent enthusiasm.
There are a number of ways to treat the symptoms: rest—though unless the soreness is extreme, don’t let it become an excuse to stop exercising; ice—which reduces inflammation; active recovery— doing light exercise that keeps you active (we’ve all seen images of AFL players in the sea the day after a game); and massage, which increases circulation and assists in the removal of toxins that have built up in your muscles.
At Relinque Sports and Spinal, we offer a range of clinical massages that will promote healing and wellbeing. The right technique will depend on whether you play sports, are carrying an injury, or are pregnant. The good news is that one of our highly-trained therapists will be able to recommend the best approach for you.
So don’t let muscle soreness stand between you and your fitness regime. Give Relinque Sports and Spinal Group a call on 03 9499 9644