I've heard from a lot of people that swimming helps relieve sore muscles, is it true?

If true, why?


If we're talking about delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), there is little that attenuates the discomfort.

I don't think there's any evidence to suggest swimming in particular helps, but anything that increases blood flow to the area will lessen, to a degree, the pain.

Light exercise (of all stripes, so long as you're exercising the affect muscles) seems to help a bit through the poorly understood mechanism of exercise induced hypoalgesia.

As an example, most people with DOMS in their legs will feel less discomfort if they go for a walk. But when the walk stops, their legs are sore again.

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