Muscle Soreness

During this time there are many exercise videos hitting the internet so I have written this post to give a bit of guidance on how you may be feeling.

Did you have a go at your HIIT session but today you can’t walk, decided to go without socks and had to hobble down stairs?

Don’t worry too much there is a good chance you’re experiencing something called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Here is a little info to help get you through.

What is DOMS? It is stiffness and pain that most people will feel build between 24-48 hours after doing high intensity physical exercise or just exercise that your body is not accustomed to. Even trained athletes get DOMS when trying something new.

DOMS can be a sign you did something right, the whole idea of exercise particularly resistance training is that you are creating micro tears in your muscles, so that they can get stronger and firmer. Although it seems an unfair trade, soreness for wanting to improve fitness, it does show your fitness is progressing.

Why the next day and not straight away? For most the soreness will start within the first 24 hours and can peak at 48-72 hrs. It has nothing to with lactic acid and everything to do with blood flow and healing. DOMS creates inflammation around your muscles, a natural and required process to allow muscles to build and heal, this takes a little time.

What can you do to ease DOMS? you could have a warm bath and if you have some, Epsom salts; they are rich in magnesium that helps to boost recovery. If you think you may have really overdone it, you could maybe brave an ice bath but a good alternative is a contrast 20 minute hot and cold shower, every few minutes go from hot to cold and target areas of soreness.

Massage can be effective, right now during coronavirus if you have a foam roller you can try slowly rolling the areas of soreness, remembering to breathe. However your muscles maybe too sore for this so when you feel better in 2-3 days time, it can be something to try.

Gentle exercise like going for a walk, easy run/bike or yoga can get your body feeling back to normal.

Make sure you are eating well, you need all key nutrients to give your recovery a boost, steak, spinach, sweat potato and red peppers is just one example for a good muscle repairing meal.

Words of precaution for exercise

You can workout everyday but it is not advised to do a HIIT workout everyday, these are high intensity and need a few days recovery. If you are not use to these types of workouts then I recommend just one a week, for those use to exercise, then stick to 2 high intense sessions a week. All other sessions are about recovery and easy to moderate effort exercise can boost this. What is easy to moderate for some may be hard for others, it is very individual. If you do get DOMS and it lasts longer than 48hrs next time take it down a notch and build up gradually. It can sometimes last up to 7 days if you really over did it. Start with just 10 minute routines and build up to longer if you really are not use to these types of workouts.

Examples of high intensity exercise

Circuit training, HIIT, Running/brisk walk where you cannot talk, interval training whether running or cycling. anything that gets you heart rate zone into zone 4

Examples of easy/moderate exercise

yoga, pilates, easy running, walking, cycling anything that keeps your heart rate in zone 2-3.

Stay home, save lives. When exercising stay local and within your ability.

Corona virus advice

We understand pain/injuries do not go away during a pandemic and our services are still important to the community. We are still currently OPEN. We are spacing out clients to allow for cleaning. For those having to self isolate we can only offer online or phone call follow ups, that is existing clients as we have to have done a physical examination in order to prescribe treatment and exercises please call 01723 363332 to discuss and arrange.

Stay at home if you have corona virus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Use the 111 coronavirus service

Information:Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms of corona virus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read our advice about staying at home.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

If you’re at high risk

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with corona virus. You’ll be given specific advice about what to do.

Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Pregnancy advice

If you’re pregnant and worried about corona virus, you can get advice about corona virus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists.

Travel advice

There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with corona virus.

If you’re planning to travel abroad and are concerned about corona virus, see advice for travellers on GOV.UK.

Treatment for corona virus

There is currently no specific treatment for corona virus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

More information

New Year, New Prices

It is not something any business likes to do but we have had to up our prices at the start of 2020

Our new new prices

Injury consultation 1hr £37, follows up if required 40 minutes £32

Sports Massage starts at £32

Injury Rehabilitation 30 minutes sessions £16

Discounts are given to those who use our services on a regular basis or you can have a look at our health scheme packages.

Marathon Treatment Package

As well as our new 2018 Health Scheme packages we have designed a SPECIAL package for anyone training for a marathon.

The Package

Total Cost £176 can be paid whole or in 4 monthly payments £44 (saves £6 per treatment)

(The contract runs for 4 months from the date of first payment received. Once expired any outstanding treatments are lost. Any payments not received make the contract null and void any treatments completed will be charged at full price and an invoice issued to be paid immediately)

What is included?

7 x 40 minute treatments to use as you please within a 4 mth period.

Recommended usage 5 treatments (1 every two weeks) training up for the marathon, 1 pre race massage (2-4 days before race day) and 1 post race massage (4-6 days after race day). To be started 12 weeks out from your race day. Or to be started 6 weeks out from race day having 1 massage a week using your 7th as a post race treatment.

Having a sports massage program can not guarantee you stay injury free, high mileage is tough on the body but if one occurs you can use your treatments for the injury instead of sports massage, with any extra sessions required at 15% discount.

Why go for this package?

For most of us, running a marathon is a massive challenge and commitment. So the last thing you want is an injury that could force you to pull out before the big day.

Sports massage can help you through to the finish line. But many runners are unaware of the physical and psychological benefits of sports massage when preparing for a marathon – maybe considering it a luxury. Everybody is different and the effects of heavy mileage is different for each person, understanding how your body responds can help you recovery better and prevent injury. Sports massage can help by making you more in tune with how your body feels, your muscle may feel fine until some one works through them. Our bodies are pretty good at telling us when something is sore we just have to work out why. Along with the sports massage we can discuss how you are training and make changes if needed.

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A Regular “tune-up” can help you stay feeling better

If you have a chronic or recurrent problem, such as back pain, neck pain, headaches or arthritis a regular “tune-up” may help you enjoy life more.

Most of these problems mentioned respond very well to a course of therapy. In conjunction here at Pro-Am we usually give you self treatment exercises to help you improve your problem and maintain this improvement.

Some problems unfortunately can be recurring and can make life feel miserable. If this is the case then a regular maintenance treatment can make this more manageable. Treatment will help to keep you mobile, release tension and update self treatments as and when required so they give you the maximum benefit. By having a fortnightly or monthly “top-up” it can be more cost effective than having to have extensive treatment for acute episodes of pain.

“Tune ups” are also beneficial for those who have jobs that involve prolonged postures, repetitive movements, heavy lifting or perhaps your hobby or sport is demanding on the body. With a regular maintenance treatment you can keep your muscles and joints in good balance and, pick up on any niggles before they develop into a nasty injury. Our goal at Pro-Am is to keep you active in the activities you enjoy.