WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO EXERCISE
Research has shown that exercise can be an effective way to reverse this downward cycle of worsening pain, and gradually over time help those with chronic pain engage more in activities of enjoyment and essential activities of daily living with greater ease.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- Remember that ‘Exercise is Medicine’ and is an important daily strategy used to assist in the management of pain conditions.
- Stretch to cool down, not warm up, and do short bursts of exercise, not long stretches.
- It is important to start slowly when beginning an exercise program, and avoid pushing into stronger pain. It is often useful to use the 0-10 scale to monitor your pain levels while exercising.
If pain levels increase by more than 2 points from baseline you should stop and modify that exercise, to ensure that you do not cause a flare up of your pain.
TYPES OF EXERCISE RECOMMENDED
Exercise Right recommends combining multiple forms of exercise for chronic pain, including:
It’s important to stretch at least once a day to help increase flexibility, loosen tight/stiff muscles, and improve your range of motion. Stretching everyday will help ease your everyday movements.
To help build strong muscles, for example, squats, wall push ups or bicep curls.
Walking, swimming or bike riding provide light aerobic exercise, which provides a list of healing benefits. If working out in a gym, try an elliptical trainer (which is lower impact than a treadmill).
Contact Lawrence health Wellness Clinic at 519-746-4144 for an exam and assessment of any pain symptoms you may be experiencing to help you get on the road to a happier and healthy life.