That said, the treatments that appear to do the most good are those that encourage blood flow to the worked muscle, helping deliver key nutrients to the damaged tissue while removing waste products from the area.
A little post-workout soreness is a good thing, but a lot of soreness isn’t necessarily better, and in some cases, it’s straight-up bad. DOMS shouldn’t leave you laid up in bed for a week. It shouldn’t prevent you from heading back to the gym for another workout. And it certainly shouldn’t send you to the hospital for rhabdomyolysis, a serious condition that can occur when muscle tissue has been damaged excessively.
The best way to deal with post-workout soreness is to prevent excessive soreness from taking place. This means you should ease your way into new workouts, and go light when you alter your usual routine.