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Preventing DOMs: Don’t Let Muscle Soreness Slow You Down

Summary: Being sore after a workout is a great sign your muscles are growing. But what happens when your sore muscles prevent you from performing everyday tasks?
Air Date: 2/25/15
Duration: 10
Host: Mike Smith, MD
Guest Bio: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Holly Holly Lucille, ND, RN, is the author of Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women's Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. She serves on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Board of Directors and was listed in Time Magazine's "Alt List" as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People."
  • Book Title: Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women's Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health
Preventing DOMs: Don’t Let Muscle Soreness Slow You Down
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMs) is a type of muscle soreness that occurs 12-48 hours after you've exercised. DOMs causes tiny tears in your muscles and usually occurs if you're doing an exercise for the first time or if you've pushed yourself a little too far (ran an extra mile, did multiple reps of an exercise).

Even though the most effective treatment option is allowing time for your muscles to heal, you may also want to have a massage, alternate hot and cold baths, and perform non-weight-bearing exercises.

Is there any way to prevent DOMs from happening?

Dr. Holly Lucille joins Dr. Mike to discuss DOMs, as well as how you can prevent muscle soreness from occurring.

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