If you’ve ever undertaken a new exercise or activity that involves eccentric muscle work (lengthening under load), or pushed yourself particularly hard during a training session, then it is highly likely that you have experienced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). In mild cases, DOMS causes a noticeable yet tolerable tenderness in the muscles that for many simply acts as a reminder of their hard work and achievements. However, in more severe cases DOMS can be a very painful and sometimes debilitating experience that can threaten strength training and recovery.
What is Delayed onset muscle soreness?
DOMS is the pain and stiffness that is felt in muscles lasting for several hours to multiple days after particularly strenuous, or unaccustomed, exercise. This muscular soreness is usually felt most intensely 24 hours to 72 hours after the exercise has taken place – often known as the ‘two- or three- day burn’. DOMS is a symptom of exercise-induced muscle damage and can be felt as a dull, aching pain in the affected muscle or muscles, typically felt only when the muscle is put under pressure, stretched or contracted.
What can I do to help combat DOMS?
Taking magnesium supplements for DOMS has long been recommended to help ease the soreness and promote the road to muscle recovery. Magnesium aids with the regulation of neuromuscular signals, muscle contractions and the active transport of calcium and potassium across cellular membranes. These muscle-relaxing qualities help ease muscular aches, pains and cramps, particularly when magnesium is applied topically to the skin as part of transdermal therapy. Taking transdermal magnesium for DOMS, after an intense workout or as part of your normal post-training routine, can quickly ease the tenderness, aches and pains experienced in overworked muscles. Using Salt Lab’s transdermal magnesium spray or magnesium oil for DOMS is quick and easy, being applied directly to the skin for rapid absorption. Alternatively, use our magnesium bath salts for a soothing and relaxing way to unwind after a long day or an intense workout. Not only does a hot bath help loosen tight muscles after a workout, but the magnesium flakes help reduce muscle soreness and improve muscle function. Salt Lab’s deconstructed bath bombs contain Magnesium Chloride – the body’s essential mineral – which is rapidly absorbed directly through the skin, as well as a number of other pure and natural ingredients designed to revitalise you inside and out.
Will there be any additional benefits?
As well as helping ease muscular aches, pains and cramps, magnesium has numerous other additional benefits for your health and well-being. It promotes calm and can relax nerves, helping you get a good night’s sleep. Its muscle relaxing qualities can also aid with constipation by relaxing the intestinal muscles, decreasing the frequency and severity of migraines and the cramps and discomfort experienced during premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Likewise, magnesium can help strengthen bones, assist with blood circulation, and promote a healthy pregnancy.
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