When You Experience Chronic Discomfort, Is It Better to Rest or Be Physically Active?
Often, when you suffer from chronic pain, simply moving can make you miserable. The idea of intentionally engaging in a physical exercise routine may be the furthest thing from your mind. After all, one of the most common approaches to injury or pain—the RICE acronym—gives priority to Rest (along with Ice, Compression and Elevation). The reality, though, is that substantial research shows a properly managed exercise regimen can help reduce chronic pain by improving muscle strength and tone and enhancing flexibility. Scientific studies also show that, during physical exercise, your body releases substances known as “endorphins,” a type of natural painkiller. Rest can be helpful at certain times, but without physical exercise, your body will atrophy, putting you at greater risk of pain and injury.
Putting the Right Exercise Regimen in Place
To get the full benefit of exercise as treatment for chronic pain, you need to work closely with an experienced professional who will ensure that you engage in the proper activities and who will monitor your progress. You don’t want to overdo it—that’s usually a recipe for increased pain and further debilitation.
The Best Types of Exercises When You Live with Chronic Pain
Your physical exercise treatment should include the following:
- Strengthening exercises—Building muscle can bring about better support throughout your body, reducing susceptibility to pain. You can use light weights or do exercises such as squats, push-ups, and sit-ups.
- Stretching exercises—Chronic pain is often associated with stiffness, tightness, or lack of flexibility.
- Cardiovascular exercises—One of the best ways to get your body to release endorphins is cardiovascular exercise, which includes walking, swimming, and bike riding.
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we will work closely with you to develop a program of progressively graded physical exercise to help you more effectively manage chronic pain. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio.