Muscle Pain

If you constantly pound your muscles, they'll never have time to repair - Taylor Lautner

Muscle Pain

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What actually works for muscle recovery—and what doesn’t

The most painful part of a workout often comes after the exercise itself. The day after a hard run or an intense lifting session, almost everyone feels the pain associated with sore muscles. Researchers call this phenomenon DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness, and it’s the reason many of us turn to various techniques we’ve been told relieve the pain and speed up the recovery process.

Tactics from foam rollers to compression tights to ice baths have become popular among all athletes, whether they be weekend warriors or elite competitors. But none of them are the miracle products we often think they are.

The reason we get soreness in the first place has to do with what’s happening…

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