Gone are the days when doctors tell you to go to bed and rest if you are in pain. Exercise has long been known to improve strength and mobility. It is now apparent that it decreases pain in many different ways.
Sciatica, or lumbar radicular pain is caused by nerve impingement. Exercise may have profound benefits on this type of pain by improving nerve gliding, stabilizing the spine and decreasing inflammation.
Diffuse pain and stiffness caused by a condition known as fibromyalgia may respond in a profound way to consistent exercise and reconditioning. Not only does it decrease overall pain, raise pain tolerance and decrease pain perception, it improves our ability to work and play and have a higher quality of life.
Exercise increases your heart rate and oxygen consumption which increases the flow of blood and oxygen throughout your body. This will help flush your system of toxins and inflammation, which may decrease pain and stiffness. Further, moderate exercise can increase your bodies productionof natural antioxidants which will help protect your cells and decrease tissue damage
For joint pain, range of motion and strengthening exercises that help stabilize the joint may take the pressure off painful areas within a joint which results in less pain and wear and tear on the joint.
Exercise can make you feel better in so many different ways and improve multiple aspects of your health. Decreased pain is one of the most profound benefits. Exercise on a regular basis, either sport specific activities or the recommended minimum of 150 minutes per week of a fun aerobic, strengthening and flexibility program.
Most importantly, stay well!