Is compression good for soreness?

Is compression good for soreness?

Compression therapy has a range of uses that date back to ancient times. In this blog we will focus on compression therapy for muscle soreness.

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What types of compression are out there?

  • Compression stockings/socks (most common type)
  • Compressions wraps/bandages
  • Other methods include mechanical compression devices, eg compression boots that fill with air segmentally


What are the benefits of compression?

  • Improved blood flow – therefore increased oxygen supply and increased removal of metabolic waste
  • Decreased swelling
  • During exercise – a support effect to reduce microtrauma and muscular damage, reduce power expenditure, and improve comfort 
  • Assist in recovery post-exercise
  • Some other non-exercise related benefits include reduced risk of varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and wound healing


Compression therapy is shown to be the most beneficial when you combine it with movement. This helps to pump blood back to the heart easier.

The time generally recommended for compression usage post exercise ranges from 15 minutes to 48 hours.

Wearing compression garments during recovery from exercise seems to be beneficial for performance recovery and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), but the factors affecting this efficacy remain unclear.


If you require assistance in your recovery post-exercise or have musculoskeletal pain and are wondering if an Osteopath can help you, give us a call at Berwick Family Osteopathy and Spinal Clinic on (03) 9702 0094, or make an appointment online.

We can’t wait to see you in the clinic and help you with your health.

Blog written by Dr Tom McKenna – Registered Osteopath.
Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic



  • Beliard, S., Chauveau, M., Moscatiello, T., Cros, F., Ecarnot, F., & Becker, F. (2015). Compression garments and exercise: no influence of pressure applied. Journal of sports science & medicine, 14(1), 75–83.
  • Partsch, H. (2012). Compression therapy: clinical and experimental evidence. Annals of vascular diseases, 5(4), 416-422.
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