Is pain with Exercise a good thing? How to Tell!

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.


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 Can Physiotherapy Help?

If you are finding it hard to complete regular exercises due to pain, fatigue or simply time schedules speak to us at Compass Physio.

Exercise is for everybody. At Compass physio we will complete a full physical assessment and will help identify any possible underlying causes that may limit your exercise regime.

Our chartered physiotherapists will help you to build strength and strategies which will help tackle any problem.

At Compass physio we will help you succeed and reach your goals.

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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