At this time of year, lots of people are trying to improve their health and fitness, but how can you exercise if you suffer with chronic pain? Is it even safe to exercise with chronic pain?
If you do suffer with chronic pain, you just need to be a little more cautious about the type of exercise you choose, and the way you exercise.
But to be able to exercise safely and be confident that chronic pain won’t get worse leaving you in agony for days afterwards, address the root cause of your chronic pain is the long term solution.
Can Exercise Help With Chronic Pain?
YES – Exercise and keeping active in your daily life can help with chronic pain.
A lack of activity (either exercise-related activity or general activity such as walking around the house) can lead to your joints and muscles tightening and stiffening up.
In the long term, this can also lead to weaker muscles and bones, which increase the risk and severity of future injuries.
So exercising is a way that you actually help reduce your chronic pain symptoms.
What Exercise Helps With Chronic Pain?
For chronic pain sufferers, exercise is safe and beneficial as long as it doesn’t put too much strain or stress on your body.
If you are very inactive at the moment, start slowly and gradually build up using an easier form of exercise. If you do far too much, the chances are you are going to be very sore, and this is going to make it hard to be consistent.
Certain exercises like walking, cycling, pilates or swimming offer a safer way to become healthier and more active, with a smaller risk of aggravating your chronic pain due to the lower impact activity.
However, we would recommend varying your form of exercise to avoid potential issues due to repetition (so cycle one day, swim one day, yoga one day, and walk on the other days).
This is also keeps exercise interesting and can help people stay motivated with their exercise goals.
What If Your Chronic Pain Gets Worse With Exercise?
At our two clinics in Siouxland (Sioux City and Akron), we often treat chronic pain sufferers and any that visit with exercise related problems have often tried to do too much too soon, or picked the wrong type of exercise.
If you can follow the advice above, you should be able to exercise and get healthier without making your chronic pain getting worse.
But if your chronic pain is getting worse with exercise, there may be a more serious issue that you need to fix.
That’s where our physical therapy team can help you..
How Can I End My Chronic Pain?
At Impact Physical Therapy, you can overcome chronic pain without medication, so you can exercise without the worry and fear of chronic pain problems.
To discover whether you are a good fit for our natural, proven treatment options that have helped thousands of patients overcome pain, and enjoy an active life, arrange a Free Full Body Assessment.
Not sure whether physical therapy is right for you?
We appreciate you may be apprehensive about physical therapy (because your doctors usually talk to you about medication, injections and surgery options only!) so we offer Free Discovery Visits where you can speak to a member of the team, get your questions answered and end the worry and confusion surrounding your chronic pain.
We also offer Free Telephone Consultations where you can speak to a member of the team from the comfort of your own home.
Other Ways To Help You Stay Active And Pain-Free
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