If you are an athlete engaged in strenuous exercise, you probably would have experienced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This can be a frustrating experience, one that limits the efficiency of an athlete.
Muscle soreness is a common issue faced by athletes and fitness enthusiasts, and it can be a significant hurdle in achieving their fitness goals. Delayed onset muscle soreness easily occurs after the performance of unaccustomed sports or unaccustomed movements. It occurs within 8–24 h after strenuous activity and peaks at 72 h. It then gradually eases and recovers within approximately 1 week.
Several hypotheses for the mechanisms of DOMS development exist and are based on lactic acid accumulation, muscle spasms, connective tissue and muscle injuries, and inflammation and enzyme loss.
Although several options are available for the management of DOMS, a highly effective method for relief has not been found. To address this issue, researchers have proposed the use of vertical vibration stimulation which involves a machine that produces vertical vibrations causing the muscles to contract and relax causing an increase in blood circulation and resulting in the improvement of muscle soreness.
Clinical TrialA group of researchers has conducted a clinical trial to investigate the effects of vertical vibration stimulation on muscle soreness in athletes.
The trial involved 38 elite men's track and field athletes. The participants were randomly divided into three groups: a control group, a medium-frequency group that received vertical vibration stimulation at 25Hz, and a high-frequency group (HFG) that received vertical vibration stimulation at 50Hz. The participants in the two vibration groups received the stimulation for 10 minutes immediately after the exercise.