Cycling and Aquatic Therapy for People With Chronic Pain
Strenuous exercise often increases chronic pain. While more vigorous activities, such as running and jogging, may be out of the question for most people with chronic pain, it may be possible to engage in other less vigorous activities. These can include cycling or aquatic therapy.
Cycling offers great aerobic benefits, yet it is easier on aching knees and hips than jogging and other aerobic workouts. If cycling is uncomfortable, aquatic therapy is an option. Aquatic therapy is basically aerobics carried out in warm water, and it can help reduce inflammation. The water’s buoyancy guards the body from gravitational stresses, as well as from quick movements that would typically cause pain. Regardless of what form of exercise, it is important to move at a comfortable pace and avoid twisting or stretching to the point of feeling pain.
Patience with progress in any exercise program is also important to avoid becoming discouraged. Over time, the body will become more comfortable with the exercise of choice. Individuals should make any instructor or trainer aware of their pain condition in order to get the most benefit from any exercise routine.