Wednesday-Saturday by Appointment

Weekend Warriors – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

By Liza Tangney, L.Ac.

Where are my Weekend Warriors? In New England, the late spring /early summer weekends are starting to warm up. This kind of weather means more seasonal (fun or chore-related) activity for most of us. This increased activity can have an unpleasant backlash. Last weekend, did you …

  • do yard work?
  • put in your gardens or plants?
  • do spring cleaning?
  • do home improvement projects?
  • golf through 18 holes your first time out this season?
  • Go biking, hiking, kayaking?
  • Does your back ache? Neck and shoulders sore? Legs and hips still feeling it? 

Acupuncture can help with that!  Acupuncture can help with many musculoskeletal complaints.

Those post activity aches and pains are DOMS – Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness.

Almost all of us have experienced delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) whether you are an everyday-average-Joe, weekend-warrior, or high-level athlete. DOMS occurs about 24-72 hours after exhaustive or unaccustomed muscle work/use. Symptoms of DOMS include muscle soreness, swelling, weakness, and stiffness/loss of range of motion.

“As one of the traditional Chinese medicines, acupuncture has been proven effective in various musculoskeletal disorders including muscle soreness; thus, acupuncture therapy has been widely performed to improve recover of muscle-related injury and DOMS.”

Come in for acupuncture as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Acupuncture can help with many musculoskeletal complaints – DOMS included. This will get you back to feeling good and ready for the next weekend full of activities.

Reference:  Frontiers in Physiology, Does Acupuncture Benefit Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness After Strenuous Exercise?  A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Published online 2020 Jul 17. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.00666