Muscle Soreness Sometimes Causes Preventable Long-term Injury

As a movement specialist, my job is to get your body moving freely and keep it moving freely to prevent injury. Once you’re injured, it takes longer to recover.

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the short-term soreness, pain, and stiffness that you feel in muscles after exercise. This soreness usually begins 6-8 hours after exercise and can last 24 to 72 hours with the 48 hour mark often being the most severe. While it is short-term pain and you can continue to (moderately) exercise through it, it is important to be careful while doing so. Something as simple as muscle soreness can cause chronic or long-term injury if not handled carefully.

As an example, let’s say you have a tight quadricep or glute and you’re doing plyometric exercise, like box jumps. You will subconsciously guard that tight, sore muscle. As a result, your body will compensate by moving anatomically incorrectly (not the way it is intended to move). This compensation that your body makes will often cause a longer-term injury, such as an ACL tear in your knee in this case.

Once an injury is long-term and chronic, you must take time to recover which means your training becomes limited or must stop temporarily.

My objective is to help you prevent these types of injuries by working to free up your muscles using a variety of treatment options, dependent on your symptoms and other factors.

If you have questions about whether I can help with an injury, please call, text, or email me. I’d be happy to talk to you, and I’d love to help you!

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