Exercise is important for everyone but becomes especially critical for those struggling with chronic pain. In fact, studies show that regular physical activity can help relieve and manage the symptoms of chronic pain while promoting overall well-being. In this blog, we’ll discuss what “regular movement” really means and how to incorporate it into your life in manageable ways. Let’s work together to paint a healthier future – one where fewer people are burdened with the challenges of chronic pain!
Chronic Pain and Movement
Dealing with chronic pain can be incredibly difficult and energy-sapping, but finding a routine for movement and stretching can help control and reduce the impact of your pain. Scheduling regular physical activity not only helps to keep the body limber but it also helps to release endorphins that naturally stimulate the body’s natural ability to reduce pain intensity. Additionally, regular exercise leads to improved core strength, muscle tone, and overall health and wellness. Implementing a routine that addresses your chronic pain is critical in finding relief and improving your quality of life. Taking small steps, such as going for a 10-minute walk every day or doing some light stretching regularly, can make a big difference when it comes to better managing your discomfort.
Benefits of Regular Movement
Regular movement can be incredibly beneficial for those dealing with chronic pain, allowing them to live an improved quality of life in the face of adversity. Studies have shown that through habitual physical activity, those with chronic pain often experience less frequent flare-ups and decreased levels of intensity for their symptoms. This is undoubted because aerobic exercises help to increase endorphins and serotonin, enabling our mind and body to learn more efficient responses to the presence of chronic pain. Regular movement also builds strength and flexibility, causing any pre-existing musculoskeletal issues in our bodies to become more balanced and able to withstand larger amounts of stress.
Low Impact Sports and Exercises
For those with chronic pain, engaging in regular physical activity can help manage their discomfort and fatigue. Luckily, there are a variety of low-impact sports and exercises that offer many of the same health benefits as more strenuous activities without causing further stress on the body. Examples of these activities include:
- Tai Chi
- Aerobic Dance
- Rowing Machines
- Water Aerobics/Sports
- Light Walks
- Cycling (at a modern intensity)
Why Are Water Sports Good For Pain Management?
Water sports such as swimming and aquaerobics are excellent way for people with chronic pain to keep their bodies active while taking it easy. As the water takes the pressure off of joints, muscles, and tendons, you can exercise in a low-impact way that is unlikely to worsen existing discomfort or introduce new aches and pains—potentially a major benefit compared to more demanding activities like running or weightlifting. No matter your degree of fitness, the water resistance works with you to provide natural support while strengthening your coordination and providing valuable cardiovascular benefits. Adding these gentle activities into your daily routine could lead to a better quality of life, greater physical endurance, and improved overall health.