Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you feel chronic pain. But if you’re inactive, your muscles lose their conditioning, your body won’t function as well as it could do and you’ll actually feel more pain!
As difficult as it may sound, exercise and general physical activity is likely to be part of your ongoing treatment for chronic pain. Your doctor or chiropractor may tell you to rest for a little, but gone are the days when you’ll be advised to take it easy in bed! If you want to ease pain, then get moving!
There are simply too many benefits to exercise to list, but some specific ones for chronic pain sufferers are:
1. It helps to keep your joints moving well.
2. It helps to keep your muscles strong.
3. It helps to maintain a positive mood.
Remember that those who don’t make room for exercise will sometime or another, probably have to make room for illness.