Muscular Pain: Good vs Bad

Friday, August 5, 2016

 

"No pain, no gain." We've all heard that phrase at some point in our lives, but is pain really a good thing? Today's blog post will focus on muscular pain - distinguishing the good from the bad. Understanding the difference plays an essential role in avoiding injury and maintaining peak performance. Let's get started.

 

Good pain

 

Experiencing sore muscles after an intense leg session the day before is generally speaking a good pain. Chances are likely that you're merely experiencing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). The good pain normally dissipates after 48 hours and training can then commence as per normal thereafter. The plus side about experiencing DOMS is that it suggests that the muscles are transforming. That being said, if DOMS is present, one should not perform the same intense workout on the same muscle groups the following day. Not giving the body sufficient time to rest could lead to injury.

 

Bad pain

 

Bad pain may be described as experiencing sharp pain in a specific area of the body. This type of pain could normally be an indication of a more severe injury and is usually caused by overuse. Examples of bad pain are pulled muscles, sore joints and pain that gets progressively worse over a period of time.

 

How to avoid pain

 

There are various techniques used to recover from DOMS. Sports Massage Therapy is one of them. A study published in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation has found that massage helps with feelings of post-exercise soreness. Other methods include foam rolling, increased protein intake and rest. Ultimately, we have to be attuned to our bodies. Listen. Distinguish between good and bad pain, and act accordingly.

Are you experiencing muscular pain as well? Book your session with Muscle Management today. Remember to like our Instagram and Facebook pages to be updated on our current rates and special offers.

 

Also be on the lookout for our next blog coming soon.

 

Until then, cheers!

 

References

 

  1. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/orthopaedic-surgery/about-us/ask-the-experts/pain.html

  2. http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/sports-injuries-8-most-common-injuries

  3. http://www.livestrong.com/article/438167-is-it-good-to-be-sore-the-day-after-a-workout/

  4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/28/sore-muscles-good-bad_n_2552864.html

  5. http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/the-difference-between-good-bad-pain-during-exercise/

  6. http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/doms-muscle-soreness/

  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24877051

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