Delayed onset muscle soreness
Known in the shorthand as DOMS, the period of post-exercise pain and fatigue has varying degrees and it is important to stay tuned in to how exhausted and painful your body feels post-exercise. Low-grade DOMS is nothing to be concerned about- given enough rest and attention to diet and recovery, your body will repair and be ready to go again quickly. However, if the pain and stiffness persist, it is likely that there is some muscle damage present. Read on to find out how to discern whether your DOMS is normal or if there is something to be concerned about.
When to ask the question: have I overdone it?
Here are sure signs that your DOMS is abnormal. If this is the case, make sure not to seek out more exercise that will compound the problem. Instead, take time off from rigorous exercise, instead seeking gentler forms of exercise like stretching. With time and a good diet, you may be able to recover without the help of a professional. However, if the pain and discomfort do not wear off, you may need to seek help. here are some signs:
- Persistent pain: pain should subside within 3 days. Any longer than this and you could be looking at a damaged muscle.
- Growing pain: muscle pain should peak in the period following exercise and then decline. If the severity of the pain is growing, it is a sign of muscle damage.
- Bilateral pain: pain that is pronounced on one side as opposed to the other can be a sign of muscle damage.
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling indicates nerve damage.
Don't despair! If you fear you have caused yourself untold muscle damage, make sure to check in at your Houston chiropractor. Our comprehensive diagnosis lets us determine the source and extent of the pain and set a course for a natural treatment that will have you back on the playing field in a quick and healthy manner. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.