It's been 48 hours, and I am still struggling big time!! But I can happily report that the taping on my right leg seems to have decreased the sensitivity quite a bit. So I'm regarding my experiment as a bit of a success. It hasn't completely eased the pain, but comparing left and right, the taped leg is holding up much better than the untaped side!
I had never understood what people meant when they said they hated Leg Day before... A word to the wise, ease into a new fitness routine, what feels OK at the time might not feel so great the following day - or 4 days!!!
Officially, DOMS is the WORST.
It's pretty much the worst reward for pushing your upper physical limits.
For me, a 60 minute leg routine is still going strong 2 days later. Sitting, standing, stairs - these are all my least favourite right now.
So I'm doing a bit of an experiment on myself using Kinesio Taping to see what impacts, if any, it has on the DOMS in my quads.
I've taped the right leg as my experimental group - one big strip all the way across the knee to the hip; one split strip over the left and right sides of my thigh following the most painful areas vertically; and a cross strip over the most painful spot horizontally.
The left leg is the control group - lefty gets no taping.
I applied the taping about 24 hours ago, and what I've found so far is:
I'm interested to see what impacts the taping might have over the next 24-48 hours. I found a research paper that indicated that taping could reduce the duration of DOMS, so I'll report back in another 24 hours on whether I've experienced any differences between the taped and untaped leg.
Another lesson I've learnt is - leg day is 100% a Friday only PT session for me!
Do you have Fibromyalgia or know someone who does? I'd love your input in my new research project.
I'm particularly interested in working with Fibro patients to create Myotherapy treatment options that help to manage the symptoms of Fibro, specifically muscle and joint pain and movement.
I'm planning a research case series to trial various techniques, treatment durations and frequencies to determine the most effective complementary treatment plans for Fibro patients.
The first part of my research includes a 10 question survey that will help me gather statistics on symptoms, regions of the body most impacted, pain scales, and the kinds of therapies that have been most effective or ineffective. This will help me plan the case study program I'll be running this year.
Here's where you can help me to help you. If you have a spare 10-15 minutes to participate in my research I would really appreciate it! I'll publish the findings of my initial research once it's completed, which I'm anticipating will give a lot of helpful information on effective vs ineffective treatment options.
The case study program will hopefully be starting around May/June, and will offer reduced rate treatment plans for your participation in the research. Watch this space for more info, and keep updated by following my Facebook page!
Mel is a Myotherapist based in Ferntree Gully.