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Why am I sore after exercise, and is this normal?

, by Therapeutic Associates

When increasing your exercise to meet a goal, it is common to experience aches and soreness associated with that exercise. The scientific name for that soreness is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS for short.  DOMS was originally attributed to the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscle, but recent evidence shows this is no longer the case. DOMS is due to the microscopic tearing of muscles during exercise and the rapid repair of those muscles.

The severity of that soreness due to DOMS is related to the intensity of that activity. So for someone who has not been running for months, they will feel greater soreness after activity than someone who runs daily. Soreness related to DOMS typically last for 3-5 days, and can be improved with the use of ice, massage, or use of anti-inflammatory medication. If your soreness last for greater than a week, what you are experiencing is likely not soreness due to your exercise. What you may have done was overexert your muscles, tendons, or ligaments during exercise and caused a small injury.

Physical therapists have spent many years of practice and education being able to differentially diagnose pain from exercise versus pain from injury. The therapists at Therapeutic  Associates will be able to educate you on your injury, how it happened, what to do about it, and most importantly how to prevent it from happening again. The therapists at all our clinics are trained in manual therapy techniques such as ASYTM and Fascial Distortion Model, as well as having the tools and technology to get you back on track while you are injured. The Altar-G treadmill at the State Street clinic in Boise will support your body weight to allow you to run without the entire force of your body.

If you have stopped your exercise due to soreness, it may be time to talk to a physical therapist and get back to where you want to be!

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