You have just PR’d Fran or Murph….now what? Well most likely DOMS is next…or delayed onset muscle soreness. So what is exactly happening when DOMS sets in? Many believe it is caused by lactic acid, or that it is a sign of gains. However, recent research has shown this isn’t quite true. In fact that soreness is thought to be micro tears in the muscle. It is important to note that while some soreness can be inevitable, there is a point where muscle soreness becomes counterproductive to gains. The good news is there are a lot of different ways you can reduce this pain without reaching for pain medications, allowing you to get back to the gym faster.
Dr. Hennigar’s 3 Tips in Getting DOMS Free Faster
1. IV Infusions
Vitamin infusions are a great way to quickly get the nutrients required for tissue repair. They not only include vitamins but also minerals as well. One key mineral being magnesium, which helps by down regulating genes related to inflammation pathways. It also improves performance by increasing ATP (aka cell energy) production. When the body doesn’t have enough magnesium, it activates immune cells and inflammatory pathways. Lab tests also show an inverse relationship between low magnesium and blood inflammatory markers (CRP). IV infusions also include vitamin C, a necessary component of collagen synthesis. Collagen is a key component of tissue repair, including muscle repair. Come in and check out Matrix Integrative Health's tailored IVs for tissue repair, specifically the Post WOD Recovery or PR Maker IV infusions.
2. Hydration Status
Dehydration not only increases symptoms of DOMS, but it also interferes with proper protein synthesis. This means you won’t get the gains you are expecting without being properly hydrated. When an athlete is dehydrated there is a decrease in blood flow to muscles, meaning there is less oxygen in the tissue, plus the waste materials stick around longer. Be sure to adequately hydrate yourself through both water intake and frequent IV infusions while training. Your naturopathic doctor can help in determining how much water consumption is needed daily for you to be adequately hydrated.
3. Reduce Inflammation
For more information and to reduce your DOMS quickly, feel free to book in with Dr. Hennigar by clicking on Book Now. As always, this post is not designed to diagnose or treat you but instead to give you something to think about. Please book a consult with a doctor prior to changing, starting, or stopping medications or protocols.
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