Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Massage Therapy

Do you ever experience muscle pain and soreness the day after a hard workout? Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is likely to happen a day or two post exercise, especially if the exercise is different or unfamiliar to the body. Symptoms include muscle pain and/or tenderness, decreased range of motion, and possible swelling. These annoying symptoms may last several days to a week post workout.

Massage therapy has been shown to reduce symptoms of DOMS by up to 30% in recent studies. The increase in blood and lymph flow to the muscles during massage seem to reduce swelling and increase oxygen to tissues. Massage therapy should be received 30 minutes to 24 hours post workout to avoid some of the symptoms of DOMS.

Include regular, weekly massage into your training routine if you are planning to increase your workouts or are training for a specific, strenuous event. Massage therapy can reduce soreness, risk of injury, and help keep you motivated to achieve your goals.