‘Ex­er­cise helped me heal’

Prima (UK) - - Health Report -

Pi­lates in­struc­tor and mum of two Jean­nie Di Bon, 47, from Lon­don, de­vel­oped chronic pain af­ter her sec­ond preg­nancy. ‘Af­ter the birth of my son in 2006, I be­gan get­ting neck and shoul­der pain and daily headaches. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t pick up the boys and lost feel­ing in my left arm.

A phys­io­ther­a­pist rec­om­mended Pi­lates. I loved it from the first les­son, and it had such an im­pact that I de­cided to train as an in­struc­tor. To beat chronic pain, you have to work with the brain and the body. Chronic pain suf­fer­ers have an over­re­ac­tion of the pain re­cep­tors in their brains, which fire off mes­sages all the time. You need to calm that bit of the brain – I do that with med­i­ta­tion. I also in­cor­po­rate move­ment ev­ery day and avoid in­flam­ma­tory foods, so any­thing that comes in a packet – ready meals, crisps, bis­cuits. Ex­er­cise is great for pain, but you have to love what you do. For me, that’s Pi­lates, but for oth­ers it might be walk­ing, ten­nis or dance. I’m so grate­ful my pain is be­hind me.’

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