Exercise has a vital role to play in the battle against chronic pain.
Studies have shown that exercise is more effective at relieving pain than over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
When you exercise your body releases these marvellous little hormones called endorphins.
Endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers.
In fact, artificial pain medication, such as opioids, mimic the behaviour of endorphins in the body.
Believe it or not, your body’s natural painkillers, endorphins, have been found to be 60 times more powerful than opioids such as morphine.
That’s right 60 times more powerful than morphine.
Exercise also comes with a huge number of other benefits including:
- Weight control
- Improved flexibility, strength & fitness
- Increased levels of energy
- Better sleep
- Lifts your mood
Exercise even makes you more attractive (well kind of;))
Have you tried exercising & been disappointed?
Perhaps, a well-meaning friend sent you to a pilates class?
Maybe you joined the gym after the doctor told you to?
Did you try to exercise – only to find yourself injured & in a worse state than before you started?
You are not alone!
Many people living with chronic pain ‘push through’ the pain, only to end up with a pain flare that sets them back for days or even weeks at a time.
This is called the boom & bust cycle.
You can escape the boom & bust cycle by taking a very scientific approach to pacing yourself.
If you would like more information on escaping the boom & bust cycle you might like our guide, available to download here.
If you are living with chronic pain, reduced mobility & fatigue– it can be tricky to find the strength & energy to exercise, can’t it?
But you don’t have to skip off to the gym to feel the benefits of exercise – a great place to start is at home.
Why not try a gentle walk around your garden? Or even climbing the stairs twice a day?
Remember, no amount of exercise is too small to start.
If you would like more information on how to start exercising again you could check out this article.
Another great resource to get you started is the huge number of exercise videos specifically designed for people with chronic pain.
Many of these videos have been developed with specific conditions in mind.
It is important to choose a video that is appropriate to your own personal circumstances – so your condition, fitness & strength….not sure what to look at?
We take you through 5 of the best free exercise videos for chronic pain
A gentle & therapeutic yoga routine developed for people with fibromyalgia. This video also includes moderated poses for limited mobility.
Arthritis in the hands can be incredibly debilitating. In this video, physical therapist Dr. Jo some simple exercises to help wrists, hands & fingers.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends a large variety of exercise videos for people with arthritis. The selection of tai chi videos have moderated poses to suit different abilities & are great for calming a turbulent mind too.
An effective routine specifically developed for people suffering from back pain & scoliosis. This video is presented by physical therapist & Pilates instructor Jessica Valant.
In this video, physical therapist Jessica Valante shares the home-based exercises she gives to most of her clients suffering from knee pain after injury.
OK, exercising when you are in pain may seem like an uphill battle but – it’s worth it!
Exercise has a ridiculous number of health benefits.
Including, increasing your number of pain-relieving hormones – endorphins.
Make sure you avoid further injury by taking a very scientific approach pacing yourself before you start any exercise.
If you are struggling with limited energy – remember no amount of exercise is too small to help.
You could take a walk around your garden, up & down the stairs or try one of the many wonderful videos available for free online.
Do you have a favourite exercise video?