Pain and Exercise – The Role of Physiotherapy  

Here at Compass Physio we know Christmas is fast approaching and exercise can take a back seat for some people. For others it’s a chance to get some time away from work and get a fitness routine kick started. Starting an exercise program can be difficult. Making the time to exercise, creating a balanced routine, and setting goals are hard enough. Add to that the muscle soreness that can come with adapting to new exercises, it’s not easy.  We at Compass Physio Enfield and Castlecomer understand the challenges that adopting to exercise can present.  

Quick facts

  • A leading cause of muscular pain is inactivity
  • One in four people with pain also experience sleeping difficulties. Pain is a leading cause of long-term disability.
  • Exercise

Helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness.

Is crucial for combating pain.

Increases strength and flexibility, which will reduce the pain, and helps combat fatigue.



Top tips

  • Do not stop your exercise regime
  • Reduce the amount of exercises by lowering the intensity, sets and repetitions
  • Take regular breaks between exercise bouts. We recommend have a recovery day between each exercise session.
  • Use recovery strategies such as cool shower/bath, stretching and foam rolling.
  • Talk to one of our Chartered Physiotherapists at Compass Physio for advice if you are unsure if its just muscle soreness or an injury


Is it normal to have pain after you exercise?


It is not uncommon to feel a low level of pain while exercising.

Our chartered Physiotherapists at Compass Physio will be able to provide further guidance on exercising with pain after your first visit. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after strenuous exercise.

The soreness is worst 24 to 72 hours after exercise and can leave you with that wobbly leg feeling of discomfort walking down the stairs.  


How physiotherapy can help

If you are finding it hard to complete exercises due to pain, speak to us at Compass Physio.   

Pain should never limit your ability to complete exercise.   

At Compass Physio we will complete a full physical assessment and will help identity any possible underlying causes of pain. 

Our chartered physiotherapists will help you to build strength and give you strategies which will help tackle the problem. This can often be attributed to weakness or tightness in a muscle group. Once diagnosed and managed this allows people to get their exercise programme up and running (literally).


To find out how Compass Physio can help, call 046 954 9456 (this number covers all clinics), click here to book online.

You can also email any questions to info@compassphysio.ie

Paddy Mulligan

MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist Compass Physio

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