Have you ever heard of the term, “runner’s high”? It’s described as a euphoric and endorphin-heightening feeling some people experience while running. Those who are left with aching and burning chests after chasing down a toddler might find this confusing. They may be the same folks who don’t understand why people participate in hot wing eating contests. How can others not only endure, but enjoy pain?
The soreness you feel after a workout is good pain. It’s called “delayed onset muscle soreness” or DOMS for short. You feel it six to eight hours after your exercise and it peaks twenty-four to forty-eight hours post-work out. DOMS is caused by trauma to your muscles, but it isn’t damaging. According to certified fitness trainer Monica Vasquez, this soreness happens so that when the muscles repair themselves, they get bigger.
Bad pain varies. It can be dull aches, throbbing, burning, shooting, squeezing, stinging, soreness, and stiffness. It can also be radicular, shooting from one area to the other. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the nervous system and is associated with burning, numbing sensations. Pain related to internal organs is called visceral pain.There’s somatic pain which takes place in your skin, tissues, and muscles. Myofascial pain, or muscle pain, falls under somatic.
Can I Turn My Bad Pain Good?
Exercising areas that are frequently in pain may help. Keep in mind, there is a such thing as overdoing it. According to Vasquez, if you physically cannot repeat the same exercise three days after your work out, it’s a sign you’re doing too much.
The Good Part About Bad Pain
Bad pain is necessary. Without it, you wouldn’t know there’s something wrong with your body. Pain is complex, but we understand it enough to provide you solutions.