Research has shown scientific evidence of the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
DOMS is caused by muscle lengthening and getting damaged when under tension during vigorous exercise that the body is not used to. Although the cause of DOMS is still unknown, scientists think that damage in the muscles is caused due to an imbalance of calcium ions and resulting inflammation that stimulates pain to the nerves. This then results in swelling that makes the pain feel even worse.
The most popular post-exercise treatment seems to be Cryotherapy (for example, applying cold packs on top of the sore muscle), however it is still uncertain if this actually speeds up the recovery process from DOMS. However, new research has shown that foam-roller massages could reduce muscle soreness rapidly and effective, or by wearing pressure garments and drinking milk protein after the workout.
Luckily, the effects of DOMS does go naturally and even though it may be hard exercising with already sore muscles, it will help to strengthen your muscles in the long run. After the initial pain of the first few workouts, your muscles should start to become more adapted to the vigorous activity, causing them to strengthen instead of tear microscopically.
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