DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is a phenomenon experienced when you perform an exercise you are not used to. We have previously mentioned that it is okay to train with DOMS, albeit that your performance will be reduced up to 24 hours after exercise.
What we want to highlight here is that exercise is one of the most effective ways of reducing DOMS-symptoms, although the pain relief is temporary. This is most likely due to the increase blood flow and removal of waste products from muscle, as well as due to endorphin release during exercise.
For the long term, repeating similar exercises will reduce subsequent episodes of DOMS. Other helpful methods for relief include massage and foam rolling.
If you are unsure of your pain being related to exercise, we recommend you to seek advice from a medical professional.
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