Use electrotherapy immediately after vigorous exercise to prevent becoming stiff and sore, to minimise delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and to quickly regain match fitness
Muscular pain 24 to 48 hours after strenuous exercise
DOMS is short for delayed onset muscle soreness and it is thought to be a result of microscopic tearing of the muscle fibres. Sports scientists no longer hold to the theory that DOMS is caused by a build up of lactic acid.
The amount of tearing (and soreness) depends on how hard and how long you exercise and what type of exercise you do. You do not experience DOMS until approximately 24 hours after the exertion and it can last for 2 or 3 days.
Any movement you aren't used to can lead to DOMS, but eccentric muscle contractions (movements that cause a muscle to contract forcefully while it lengthens) seem to cause the most soreness. Examples include walking downstairs and running downhill.
The more you keep moving the quicker you will recover.
SportsMed TENS therapy for Delayed onset muscle soreness
SportsMed is the TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to aid repair of muscle micro tears
The mechanisms are twofold - not just pain relief, but also helping the body repair the micro tears.
Please read the User Guide which comes with your TENS unit
Pad placement - DOMS
Pain relief - place pads where they are comfortable and most effective for pain relief
Injury healing - pads are placed at the location of the muscle damage
Muscle strengthening - not applicable
These are examples only. If you have any questions please phone our office for further advice.