Is DOMS Getting You Down?

Written by on January 26, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Natural Living - No comments

It is very common that beginners of a new exercise program experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This is not the same as the acute pain you feel when experiencing a muscle sprain or strain. The discomfort is the worse the first couple of days following the exercise. Many that are new to exercise often use it as an excuse not to exercise at all, or to skip the next training.

So why does it happen?

It was thought among experts that DOMS was caused by the lactic acid, the by-product of anaerobic iphone 5c reconditionné metabolism (glycosis). However, it is now believed that the free radicals hydroperoxides, ammonia, and hydroxyl radicals cause hydroxyproline damage. Hydroxyproline can be found in the connective tissue. It is a constituent of the collagen.

Any movement that is new can cause tearing and swelling that leads to soreness. However, it is mostly the eccentric muscle contractions that lead to DOMS. Eccentric muscle contractions are movements that cause the muscles to forcefully contract while it lengthens. Going down the stairs, lowering weights, running downhill, and the downward movements of squats and push ups.

Stretching, hydration, pre-workout warm up, and massage are some things that may reduce DOMS. It is wise to add antioxidants before and after training to minimize or reduce occurrence of DOMS. Remember, higher intensity training increases the risk of DOMS. Some antioxidants to consider are Pantothenic Acid, niacin, vitamin C & E, beta-carotene, COQ10, n-acetyl cysteine, zinc, selenium, grape seed extract and L-Glutathione. Rehydration drinks with electrolytes, carbohydrates and ascorbates should also be consumed.

As an Aromatherapist I mix up my own blends to use to tone muscles and prevent soreness. Many essential oils have a high antioxidant value in addition to the other healing properties. For more information on using essential oils for DOMS check out the article Using Essential Oils for DOMS at Jo’s Health Corner

Johanna Pedranti

About Johanna Pedranti

Johanna Pedranti is a an Aromatherapist. She makes her own products especially designed for sport. As an Aromatherapist she designs products specializing in maintaining the wellbeing of the body which is pushed by the sports to the limits of endurance, stamina and skill.

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