SELF HELP

Burton Mail - - Celebrity Wellbeing -

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

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