I adore working out and always have, but I will admit, I am not a huge fan of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). You know, the pain you feel within 48 hours of a workout due to the tears you've created in your muscle fibres? Its different from injury pain, its just your muscles repairing themselves and getting stronger. But it sucks!
I started having a much more difficult time recovering from my workouts after age 35, and DOMS became a regular thing. Taking L-Glutamine helps a whole lot but who doesn't love a good message? Unfortunately, even though Adam's health plan has a bit of coverage for massage, its not much, so I can't afford to be having massages regularly.
So when Omron asked if I'd test out their Pain Relief Pro and Max Power devices for home use, I was, of course, game.
Essentially it sends electrical pulses to massage the muscles through skin pads you stick to the affected area. I have had similar devices used on me by physiotherapists. The Pain Relief Pro has 8 different message modes and 10 power levels. The Max Power has 9 modes and 15 levels of intensity. Don't underestimate its strength, I like a hard massage, but I found level 6 to be enough power!
I did a 15 minute session for my biceps, and another 15 minute session for my hamstrings after one of my arm/leg workouts. It was awesome. I will totally be using one of these babies regularly as I have never found anti-inflammatories or the topical muscle creams to be of much use for DOMS. Being the good wife that I am, I will let my sweet husband use the other one. Note that the pads are reusable for about 150 uses, and then you can purchase replacements.
I have also been using it in the evenings on my bad left hip/hamstring. By that time of day when Adam and I sit down to watch a show together, it is generally achy and sitting is often uncomfortable. I little session with the massager and I feel much better.
The big test, however, was yesterday. By Monday afternoons I am usually pretty darn sore from my Sunday morning weight workout, but using the Omron on my glutes and biceps preventing me from getting as sore as usual. Sometimes Tuesday morning I am even more sore, but today I have no soreness at all. I have to tell you, I am already addicted to this thing!
Even if you don't get DOMS but have muscle strain from your job or an injury, this is a great tool to aid recovery.
Thank you so much to Omron for the products, we will be enjoying them a lot!!
Disclosure: We were sent the units free-of-charge, but all opinions on this blog are my own.