Dealing With Doms
Doms (delayed onset of muscle soreness) also known as muscle fever is something that we all have encountered at some point in our lives. Doms generally occurs with in the first few hours or the next day after some type of strenuous exercise. While there is not cure for Doms other than building tolerance against it, there is a plethora of ways to mitigate the length of the Doms. Some are natural and others are not, there is not one way to approach lowering the recovery process when you encounter Doms however I've found out that you have to keep trying different methods to get Dom's under control.
EPSOM SALT aka Magnesium Sulfate
For years I've used hot Epsom salt baths to alleviate minor aches and pains associated with strenuous exercise. Up until recently I had no idea why Epsom salt baths were so good for you until I did a little bit of research on the properties of Epsom salt.
Apparently when you take a hot bath your pores open up and you slowly start absorbing magnesium through your skin. Why is this important? Magnesium is a powerful electrolyte that the body uses to regulate neural muscular nerve impulses, glucose and enzyme balance. With strenuous exercise you loose a lot of this magnesium through your sweat. The magnesium imbalance can cause things like muscle fatigue commonly observed through the cramping of muscles or feeling dizzy or light headed.
Soaking in Epsom salt helps bring back some of that magnesium to the blood stream and muscles in addition to contributing to the reduction of inflammation.
I don't care what anyone says pain is almost always associated with inflammation of some sort. When your muscles are damaged there is a lot of inflammation going on and it makes sense. Your body's natural reaction when healing something that is damaged is inflaming that area to draw more fluids to it to aid in repair. The problem with inflammation is that sometimes it can be debilitating.
On days where Doms has the best of you I suggest taking at least 200mg of ibuprofhen every two hours not to exceed 600mg. If you are worried about the dosage you can always consult your primary care physician to see what dosage is good for your current physical health.
FLUSH THE LACTIC ACID
Lactic acid is the chemical by product of the over use of muscles. The main purpose is to signal you to stop what you're doing before you destroy the muscle. The interesting thing about it is that it lingers in the muscles days after the strenuous exercise and is the main reason why Doms makes you feel sore.
To Flush out the lactic acid, you gotta move no matter what. Moving helps keep the blood circulating and flushes out the lactic acid build up. I also suggest stretching lightly after some light movement to help evenly distribute the lactic acid so that it can be flushed out of your system.