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Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Having hit a mental block on what to write for


this issue, I thought back to the past few months and sud- denly I came up with an idea. Those of you who attended the fabulous TaraDan wedding in July, or who spent most of their summer weekends attending weddings, bache- lor/bachelorette parties, festivals or concerts may have experienced what I did the days following the terrific event.


Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs


when muscles are given demands that they have not pre- viously experienced, typically with eccentric (lengthening) exercise. An evening full of fist pumping, chair lifting, boo- gying on the ground, jumping around and banging your head could result in this type of muscle soreness, which will peak between 24 and 72 hours (after the activity ends/begins?). Some studies have shown that continuing with physical activity during that period may actually help limit the soreness, so don’t allow it to keep you off the dance floor at the post-party celebrations (brunch dance party anyone?).


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Gentle stretching and easy activities should feel


good and will help prevent your body from feeling very stiff due to your muscle soreness. Massages, ice, sau- nas and hot baths may also help relieve pain; however most often pain will typically resolve itself within a few days. DOMS is a result of tiny micro-tears in the muscles, which lead to inflammation. However, this will eventually result in adaptation to the activities and protection from further soreness in the event that the same demands are placed on the muscles during the next few weeks (very helpful if you are like me and attend weddings regularly during the summer months!). Warming up before intense exercise may provide


some protection against this type of muscle soreness, so take advantage of the slower songs and get out on the dance floor prior to the madness that occurs once the beats pick up!


Photo Coutesy of Chris Milone taken at TaraDan’s Wedding Celebration where many DOMS occurred.


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