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New Year’s Resolution – Exercise to Relieve Chronic Pain

Last year staying fit and getting healthy was in the top five of New Year’s Resolutions, but when you are dealing with chronic pain the last thing you want to do is be active. We all know exercise can keep you healthy and in shape, but when dealing with a condition that causes pain exercise may be the last item on your list. Some doctors may tell you to take it easy, but it does not mean they recommend that you cease mild or moderate exercise. There are plenty of exercises you can do that will not exacerbate your pain and may even help. Making exercise a priority is a supportive tool if you are suffering from chronic pain.

How Can Exercise Help?

If you are in pain, exercise may seem like a monumental task, but it has many health benefits. When exercising, you are releasing endorphins. These endorphins create a euphoric feeling that can help curb the pain even if only momentarily. Exercise levels are defined differently for everyone. What a professional basketball player considers exercise may be much different than someone with fibromyalgia, but each person gets a health benefit from the activity they choose.

You don’t have to overexert yourself in order to get the exercise you need.  It can also help by strengthening your joints and muscles. Using small weights can help you build muscles that can support the weaker ones causing the chronic pain. If you have joint problems, exercise can keep these areas moving so that the discomfort is not as excruciating.

What Exercises Can I do?

For most people with pain, any type of physical movement that does not cause more pain is beneficial. Low impact activity like long walks, yoga or light weight lifting can relieve stress, strain and reduce further pain. When you already have conditions that cause pain, you can exacerbate the pain by staying sedentary. A lack of physical mobility can cause further conditions that will cause more pain.

Arthritis – Range of motion exercises. Stretching and flexibility exercises can help keep the joints mobile so the pain does not worsen.

Fibromyalgia – Strength training and moderate aerobic activity are recommended for this condition. Walking is one of the best exercises to help relieve symptoms. Start slowly and work your way up to more activity.

Sciatica – Stretching the hamstring and yoga poses like Downward-Facing-Dog can help relieve sciatica pain. Just like with any exercise, start with what feels comfortable until you are able to achieve a higher level.

Exercise is the first step in relieving certain aches and pains. It may also help to ward off other conditions that can cause pain. If you have a regular exercise routine and are still in need of more help, contact PMIR today. Chronic pain conditions will not be cured overnight and may require further action. Call (877) 724-6349 or click to find out more about treatment for chronic pain.

By Pain Management & Injury Relief

Pain Management & Injury Relief is a leading patient-centered pain management clinic in Southern California. Our goal is to help you achieve long-lasting pain relief. By utilizing the latest medical technologies and equipment paired with innovative procedures and treatments, our team can help you improve your quality of life.

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