Pain is a normal part of life, sometimes helpful and often unwelcome, but what should we do when pain starts getting in the way of the things that really matter to us?
When pain becomes a regular, unpleasant addition to daily life, we often feel that rest and medication are the best solutions. Thanks to a growing body of clinical research, we now know that the best way to cope with many painful conditions, is exercise.
Our joints, muscles and cardiovascular systems were made to move and when they are injured or unhealthy, often the best medicine is movement.
How does exercise help?
- Reduces joint pain and swelling.
- Assists rehabilitation after a procedure or a flare-up.
- Slows the deterioration of arthritic joints.
- Improves mood and sleep.
- Decreases anxiety and helps fight depression.
- Essential in managing other chronic conditions that are common for people with ongoing pain, such as diabetes and heart disease.
What is the best exercise?
The idea of starting an exercise program can be daunting and overwhelming. Many of us think that exercise needs to include expensive gym memberships or training for a marathon. The good news is that exercise can be simple, easy, and most importantly- enjoyable! In fact, the best exercise is the exercise you want to do and will do, movement is the medicine.
Where to start:
Small changes, made consistently, can produce the greatest results. Walking, swimming, stretching, indoor exercises and exercises specifically designed for you to do at home are all great ways to kick start a more active life.
People managing chronic, painful conditions may need more help in finding the best exercises for them. Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Occupational Therapists are trained to assess, treat, and develop programs that are safe, effective, and enjoyable for people of all ages.
Breaking the cycle of inactivity and worsening pain starts with the first step. Why not take it today?
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