How to Exercise When you are Experiencing Chronic Pain

Rigorous exercise can make chronic pain even worse. While more vigorous activities such as running and jogging may be out of the question for many pain sufferers, it may be possible to engage in other less vigorous activities. These can include cycling, aquatic therapy, or low impact stretching.

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, which is basically aerobics carried out in warm water, can help to diminish inflammation. In aquatic therapy, the water’s buoyancy guards the body from gravitational stresses, as well as from irregular movements that would typically cause pain. Regardless of what form of exercise you opt to partake in, be sure to move at a comfortable pace and avoid twisting or stretching to an uncomfortable pain level.  You do not want to make your pain worse by doing too much activity at once.

Remember to be patient with your progress to avoid becoming discouraged. Over time, you will progressively become more comfortable with your exercise of choice, and may even decide to pursue personal training or enroll in an exercise class. Whatever you choose, be sure to make your instructor or trainer aware of your pain condition so that he can explain how to move carefully and reap the greatest benefits from your workout.

In addition to the physical benefits that you will achieve from beginning a workout regimen, you’re sleep patterns may also begin to improve.

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