DOMS is short for delayed onset muscle soreness and it is thought to be a result of microscopic tearing of the muscle fibres. Sports scientists no longer hold to the theory that DOMS is caused by a build up of lactic acid.

The amount of tearing (and soreness) depends on how hard and how long you exercise and what type of exercise you do. You do not experience DOMS until approximately 24 hours after the exertion and it can last for 2 or 3 days.

Any movement you aren't used to can lead to DOMS, but eccentric muscle contractions (movements that cause a muscle to contract forcefully while it lengthens) seem to cause the most soreness. Examples include walking downstairs and running downhill.

SportsMed TENS therapy

SportsMed is the physical therapy product we suggest to aid muscle recovery.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Early stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • RECOVERY mode - injury healing
    • Later stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency EMS and ECS; surging, medium intensity)

After a heavy training session or a big game, you may feel weary, stiff and sore. If you put your SportsMed on after your shower it will kick start your recovery process.

Overnight and for the next day or two, continue using SportsMed to minimize DOMS. Once the pain is under control you should stretch and keep the muscles moving.

Pad placement - DOMS

Ankle to Ankle

Ankle to Ankle

wrist to wrist

wrist to wrist


SportsMed treatment guide

doms treatment guide

SportsMed TENS, ECS and EMS
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