Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the muscle discomfort that typically develops several hours to a day after intense or unfamiliar exercise. Studies suggest that massage provides relief from DOMS by improving blood flow, reducing inflammation and promoting relaxation. The specific mechanisms through which massage helps with DOMS include:
Increased Blood Flow: Massage improves circulation, which aids in the removal of waste products and reduce muscle swelling.
Reduced Inflammation: Massage has anti-inflammatory effects, reducing the inflammatory response associated with DOMS.
Relaxation: Massage promotes relaxation and reduces muscle tension, easing the discomfort associated with DOMS.
It's also worth mentioning that individual responses to massage can vary and factors such as the timing and type of massage, as well as the individual's overall health and fitness level may influence the outcomes.
Additionally, other strategies, such as proper warm-up and cool-down, adequate hydration and appropriate nutrition can also play a role in preventing or minimizing DOMS.