How Do Exercise and Movement Can Counter the Symptoms of Chronic Pain
At Train With Danny, our personal trainer in Los Angeles is not a physician and certainly cannot offer any licensed medical advice. However, we can attest to how exercise and movement are essential ingredients in the management of persistent pain.
We understand that any kind of physical pain, whether it is caused by sitting at your desk for too long, or from an injury or illness, and exercise is a Catch 22 — which is defined as, “a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.” In short, in this scenario, you cannot work out because you are in pain.
If this is true for you, we have good news.
Movement Can Help Improve Pain, Function & Wellbeing
Research suggests increasing physical activity levels can help improve pain, function, and wellbeing across a wide range of persistent pain conditions including post-surgery pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or common back, neck, or shoulder pain.
We understand that the longer you have suffered from ongoing pain, the harder it can be to manage it. In fact, chronic pain can promote anxiety and fear, and reduce your confidence, which can make it difficult to even start a workout plan.
So, instead of thinking of it as exercise, think of it as movement.
Learning to exercise in a way that is right for you as an individual has a positive effect on the pain system. This means finding the right movement.
Whether it is walking, yoga, or simple stretches, physical movement provides positive changes in all the body’s systems, including the cardiovascular system, brain and nervous system, hormonal, and immune systems.
That means increased exercise tolerance can mean fewer and less severe flare-ups as your system becomes less sensitive.
Additional benefits of exercise can include:
- Increased pain tolerance and pain desensitization.
- Improved mood and reduced stress and anxiety.
- Improved immune function.
- Improved sleep.
If you would like to get started on your own, download Train With Danny’s new app to access workouts offline, from anywhere — whenever you are ready. Our app allows you to track your workout progress, collect health data, and get an all-access pass to premium features to help put chronic pain behind you.