DOMS is a common cause of pain after a workout, and the pain from it can often last for several days. Typically, it’s most pronounced when you introduce a new training stimulus, a new activity, increase intensity or volume, or if you’re new to physical activity in general. It’s the result of micro-tears in the muscle fibres that occur when they’re strained.
Training with DOMS won’t result in further damage, but training with an injury will, so it’s important to recognise the difference between the two.
Once your body gets used to repeated stimulus, the DOMS you feel will reduce, but this doesn’t mean that the session hasn’t been effective. You shouldn’t judge the efficacy of a session based on DOMS.
There’s no way to prevent DOMS, but regular massages, Epsom salt baths and foam rolling, post-training can help heal the micro-trauma in your muscles.
If you’re experiencing severe soreness, or if the soreness lasts for more than seven days, please let me know.
Do not confuse DOMS with an injury, if in doubt email me.