For a long time, muscle pain post exercise was thought to be caused by lactic acid buildup.

Research now shows that microscopic damage to the muscle fibers actually takes place.

Called “DOMS” or delayed onset muscle soreness, it often occurs when you start or change your exercise routine.

As muscles recover and build, stamina and strength is built.

Anyone can experience DOMS. There is no one way to treat it.

Ice packs, massage, acupressure, anti-inflammatory drugs may help.

It’s best to try to prevent it. Any new activity should be started gently and gradually.