We all make excuses for not doing exercise. Most of the time, these excuses are white lies or conveniences. Sometimes, though, chronic pain can make exercise seem impossible. When you’re in pain, exercise is the last thing you’ll be thinking about. The truth is, though, that exercise is still important to you. Those suffering from chronic pain gain more from doing a little exercise. A lot of the time, it’s inaction that causes aches and stiffness. If you go to a chiropractor, they will tell you to exercise! You should always check with your doctor before undergoing any form of exercise. While the movement helps in most cases, it’s possible to do yourself more damage. Talking to the doctor will also help you work out an exercise routine to suit you. Here are a few tips on activities you may want to try to help exercise through chronic pain.
Back pain is the big one. Most of us will suffer from this at some point in our lives. Severe, ongoing back pain can be debilitating. It’s tempting to lie on the sofa and not move, but this will make matters worse. Without exercise, your back will seize up, and movement will become even more painful. The trick with exercising when suffering from back pain is to keep things small. Avoid anything that involves bending and unnecessary strain. Start your practice by flexing the muscles. Little squats can be great for relieving any tension. Wall sits are also an excellent way to build up strength in the back. It may also be worth trying some gentle yoga exercises. These are great for rebuilding muscle strength.
While neck pain doesn’t stop your body from moving, it can be equally unpleasant. Doing a few exercises that focus on the neck could make all the difference. Try tilting your head forward and backward, then side to side. Do this regularly. Listen to your body, throughout. Start by only tilting as far as you can without pain. See if you can build the practice. As well as this, try keeping the rest of your body fit and healthy. Don’t neglect the rest of your body because of neck pain. Doing so might lead to muscle problems elsewhere!
Whether you’ve got an existing injury, or are suffering from a medical condition, exercising during leg pain is crucial. If you don’t use your legs, they grow stiff and won’t heal. You need to keep active during this time to ensure your legs gain normal function again. Doing gentle leg stretches will make sure that you don’t seize up. The trick is to keep the muscles active. This can promote muscle strength and healing. There are many basic leg exercises you can try, which shouldn’t cause you too much strain. Again, it might be worth looking into a little yoga. Some fantastic yoga poses focus on leg strength!
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It may not seem like it now, but exercise could be key to your recovery. It’ll surprise you how big of a difference working those stiff muscles can make.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.