DESPITE popular belief, people living with chronic pain can exercise and it could actually help with their pain management. But not exercising could lead to more pain.
The first thing you should do is discuss with your GP what could be beneficial for you. There are four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility, and each is beneficial in its own way. Because of this, a combination of all four would probably be best.
Exercise will not only help you manage your pain but it will also help you maintain a healthy body weight. Being overweight will slow healing and can make pain worse.
The most important thing is to listen to your body so you don’t overdo it.
And if an exercise doesn’t feel right or hurts, stop doing it and talk to your GP.
Talk to your GP about which exercises are right for you