Soreness vs Pain


It’s summer, work slows down a bit, and I tend to be more active. Not this year, I have been so busy with work, life, and everything in between. 



Infrequent workouts, lax core strength training are starting to catch up to me! This week I’m noticing some back pain, though I am generally achy and sore, this is different.

Inactivity can cause a variety of health risks such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis it can also lead to weight gain, weakened muscles, and joint pain. Whats the difference soreness vs pain?

Whats the difference soreness vs pain?

When experiencing discomfort, it is important to understand the difference between exercise-related muscular soreness and pain. Muscular soreness is a healthy and expected result of exercise. Pain is an unhealthy and abnormal response. Experiencing pain may be indicative of injury.

Here are some good guides (via on distinguishing the difference:

SORENESS                                    PAIN

Type of discomfort: Tender when touching muscles, tired or burning feeling while exercising, minimal dull, tight and achy feeling at rest Ache, sharp pain at rest or when exercising
Onset: During exercise or 24-72 hours after activity During exercise or within 24 hours of activity
Duration: 2-3 days May linger if not addressed
Location: Muscles Muscles and/or joints
Improves with: Stretching, following movement Ice, rest
Worsens with: Sitting still Continued activity
Appropriate action: Resume offending activity once soreness subsides Consult with medical professional if pain is extreme or











There are many approaches you can take to address your discomfort. Gentle stretches, light activity, yoga, and massage are great!

Please consult with your doctor


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Be well…

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