Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Every October, the nation’s medical community sets time aside to recognize the contributions of physical therapists, the people who work to return us to normal physical activity after we injure ourselves or after we suffer a debilitating illness such as a stroke. 

Not many people work in a profession that requires them to dedicate their lives to helping others like the field of healthcare does. Because May is "National Healthcare Recognition Month", we have challenged healthcare professionals to sum up in a few words the impact their profession has on them and how important it is for their community. 

Having sore muscles after a good workout can be normal, and the term for this is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The soreness experienced is a typical part of the inflammation and strengthening process that occurs as the body repairs micro-tears in the muscles after exertion.

Typically, DOMS presents between 24 and 72 hours after a workout. DOMS is not experienced at rest, but instead when using the muscles that were exercised. If the soreness returns or lingers, it could indicate an injury, underlying movement dysfunction, or susceptibility to injury that should be addressed before it gets worse.

Muscle soreness post-workout when at rest is not normal and usually indicates that the muscle has been injured, to some extent. An injured muscle often forms a trigger point or a “knot” that can cause soreness when the muscle is being used, stretched, or at rest.

In Virginia, Direct Access laws allow you to consult with a physical therapist without a physician referral if you experience any lingering soreness or a new injury.

Charles Steadman, PT, DPT, MTC, CMTPT
Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc.
Richmond | 804.285.0148

Every new year is a new beginning, a chance to make positive changes in our behavior, lifestyle, choices and health. Making significant changes, though, is a big undertaking. It’s best to start small, and we all need help. So in that spirit, we’ve assembled 17 quick tips that we hope will make the job a little easier. These tips are not meant to be all-inclusive, obviously, but think of them as a tasting menu on your trip to good health.