One of the things we know about the body, beyond doubt, is that movement, exercise, is crucial to the well-being of our entire system. The body is designed to move…
lying down or sitting for too long can have manifold negative effects on many body systems: the spine,
our vital organs and even our brain, all of which do not function nearly as well if you’re living a highly sedentary lifestyle.
But living with Chronic Pain can make movement of any kind near impossible…
for a multitude of reasons including factors related to our specific medical condition and/or disability but, and well worth considering, it is becoming increasing well known within the world of Chronic Pain research that fear of movement, kinesiophobia, or what has become known as the “fear-avoidance model” , i.e. not moving for fear of triggering more/higher levels of pain, can become a true aggravating condition for those living with Chronic Pain.
If, at all possible we can move, we absolutely need to.
Obviously, before beginning any form of exercise regimen, you will want to check in with your Doctor, but any movement is a good start. Pain Management Doctors will often recommend a series or two of physical therapy to ease a patient back into regular movement and/or an exercise program. Walking has been found to have a great multitude of health benefits and is easy and affordable for everyone. Yoga and Tai-Chi have also been found to have real benefits for those living in Chronic Pain as not only are they good exercise, they both emphasize a mind-body connection as well as connection to the breathe (which has been shown to be a powerful aid for pain management).
Avoiding pain is a given and for those of us who live with it at consistent and extreme levels, who are “simply” trying to manage it, why in the world would we invite more or compound the problem?
Even depression which is so unfortunately yet so predictably, a frequent companion of Chronic Pain can be helped by exercise. So…
here’s to getting up and getting out!
Anyone up for a little walk about?