Exercises That Help Manage Chronic Pain
When it comes to fitness, there are many misconceptions surrounding the idea that pain
should halt workouts. Many people believe that once the pain is felt, workout routines
should come to an end. In the physiotherapy industry, we spend many hours working
with patients in an effort to manage pain. Exercise is an integral aspect of pain
management. In other words, sometimes in order to reduce pain, exercise is needed.
Thanks to the good folks at Your House Fitness who are revolutionizing the fitness
industry and burying these misconceptions which have been detrimental to many
Chronic pain and fibromyalgia may not have any known cure, but that does not mean
that these conditions should go untreated. With physiotherapy and a great exercise
routine, pain could indeed be decreased. Here are 5 exercises that help decrease the
symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
If traditional cardio exercises such as running or cycling feel a bit rough on the joints,
then fitness professionals recommend aquatic exercises like swimming to help manage
chronic pain. The great aspect of aquatic therapy is the fact that there are no issues with
gravity, meaning that there is no pressure on the joints. If you suffer from chronic back
pain, swimming is highly recommended because it is easy on the spine. Another massive
benefit of aquatic exercises is that with less gravity, your limbs will expand and this may
relieve any painful pressure surrounding the joints.
According to a study published by Northeastern University, the “reciprocal, back and
forth motion” associated with walking is great for relaxation for chronic pain. Maura
Iversen, a researcher at Northeastern University states that the motion associated with
walking is great for those who suffer from fibromyalgia because the constant motion is
known to relieve pain. Walking is great because it helps reduce stiffness and opens up
circulation within the body.
Practicing yoga may help decrease symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and chronic
pain, according to the Journal of Pain Research. The study found that participants
reported less pain after yoga and were more mindful of their condition. Yoga is great
because it helps with blood circulation, which is known to decrease inflammation. It’s
important to remember that you may not be able to complete all poses if you suffer from
chronic pain, but yoga is a great place to “open” up the body and reduce stiffness.
Strength training is great for those who suffer from many conditions because strong
muscles tend to decrease pain. Many ailments which physiotherapists help treat are
directly caused by weak muscles. Weight lifting helps increase adrenaline and may
improve your quality of life. Remember to start slow and to keep the weights light until
you are ready to progress with strength training.
Stationary Bike Exercises
If walking is a bit too difficult on the knees, then perhaps try the stationary bike. This is
another example of a light aerobic exercise which may help decrease pain. The
stationary bike is great because you are able to go at your own pace and take pressure off the legs due to the force of peddling.
This post was brought to you by Health Max Physiotherapy, a group of physiotherapy
clinics located in Toronto and the GTA. A Special thanks to Your House Fitness for
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