The Treatment for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

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The main reason for delayed onset muscle soreness is inflammation. Find out about the treatment of delayed onset muscle soreness with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Dr. Robert Pomahac, and the question is the treatment for delayed onset muscle soreness. Why do you get sore after your workouts? The primary reason is inflammation. So how do you cut down the inflammation after your workout? Two things we want to be doing. The first is make sure after your workout you have some source of protein into your body because your muscles are mainly protein and water. So if you are not replacing the protein you lost during your workouts, you are going to be sore. The second thing is don't take a hot shower after your workout. Why, because you worked out, you cooled down, you heated yourself up with a hot shower, you recreated the inflammation. So what do you do? Ice your body down by either using an ice pack or two, take a cool temperature shower. Do not increase your heat. So the two things to reduce inflammation or soreness after your workout is, get some protein back in your body and do not take a hot shower. Use a room temperature shower to a cold temperature shower or an ice pack. Two simple things to reduce the amount of violence that you have with your muscle soreness and you'll be glad you did so.

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