When you’re in pain, the last thing you want to do is to move around- especially for a workout. However, movement is likely the exact thing you need. Staying sedentary results in stiffer joints and limbs, thus increasing pain and making it more difficult to recover. It can be a vicious cycle. Gentle exercise like stretching or therapeutic yoga can help keep your joints moving so your body can heal. Here are a few benefits of mild exercise as it relates to pain management:
Waking up stiff or in pain, the first few movements are always the hardest, but if you can get your body moving and get your blood pumping, you will inevitably start to feel better. Moving your joints and limbs encourages blood circulation, which can ease pain related inflammation and help expedite the healing process.
Strengthening your muscles will not only help to speed along recovery but also help prevent injury. Since muscles take much of the load off your bones and spine when it comes to supporting your weight, strengthening muscles helps to cushion hard movements. The stronger your muscles are, the more you’ll be able to withstand.
Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Science shows an increases your endorphin levels helps reduce pain levels and also improves mental health.
Reduces Weight Gain
If you’re recovering from an injury or set back with a recent chronic pain condition, you’re likely less active than usual. A reduction of activity can cause weight gain weight, which can sometimes exacerbate inflammation. Exercise can help prevent weight gain and limit inflammation.
Exercise is commonly recommended as a natural treatment for pain. Be gentle with yourself and don’t push too hard, but stay moving when you can. During these trying times, make sure to take the time for self-care. There are thousands of resources on the internet for free home workouts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like resources based on your specific needs.