Exercising while experiencing pain may seem counter-intuitive. However, people with chronic pain can benefit from certain forms of exercise. Typically, helps exercises are those that stretch and gently strengthen muscles in order to relieve pressure contributing to the ongoing pain.
Examples of pain-reducing exercises include:
1. Decompression Poses
Much of the pressure on the spine and limbs can be relieved by decompression. Also known as relaxed stretches or poses, decompression begins with the placement of a rolled up towel or foam roller. The pad-like object should be used laying down.
Placed the object under the spine, running parallel to it. Chronic pain sufferers should bend their knees and hold their feet flat against the surface they are laying on. Lay in this position for 5-10 minutes to help the body relax and the spine align itself.
2. Foam Roller Stretches
Using a foam roller allows chronic pain suffers to perform self-myofascial release. This technique is often used by medical professionals like physical or massage therapists to help break up knows in body tissues and to stretch muscles gently. This prevents the body from experiencing additional pain caused by inert muscles. Many different exercises can be performed using foam rollers.
3. Adaptive Yoga
A form of stretching and gentle strengthening, yoga can be adapted to be feasible even for those experiencing the hardship of ongoing pain. Many yoga poses can be performed while laying down or while sitting, for example. This reduces the pressure on the joints to make the activity less painful.
Why Exercise Matters for Those in Chronic Pain
Ongoing pain can be tiring and debilitating. However, when a person in chronic pain does not exercise, their muscles can atrophy. This leaves the chronic pain sufferer even weaker and often leads to higher levels of pain. Exercise throughout chronic pain is preventative measure and often offers some relief as well.