By Dr. Peter Abaci
It can feel like a catch-22: Everyone is telling you need to exercise, but when you’re in pain, exercising may be the last thing you feel like doing. And unfortunately, the longer you avoid it, the harder it can be to get started. Muscles and tendons get weak, stiff, and sore when they aren’t being used, so there can be significant aches and pains when you decide to start moving again. But finding the right exercise program can be an essential tool for pain relief.
Here are a few strategies that can help you get over that initial hump and headed toward a healthy, pain-reducing exercise habit:
#1: Get help.
If you have the means, and if your doctor approves, take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of a movement expert (or more than one!). Physical therapists, occupational therapists, Pilates trainers, and yoga teachers are trained in the art of helping others move safely and more effectively – they can be of great help.
#2: Solidify your core.
Every stable structure needs a solid foundation. For the human body, that foundation is the group of stabilizing muscles around the abdomen, pelvis, and back – together referred to as the body’s “core.” All of your movement flows through this foundation: lifting, carrying, reaching, pulling, stooping, twisting, turning – you name it. Practically every action the body takes is supported by the all-important core, so make core exercises a fundamental part of your new exercise program. No matter what part of your body hurts, a stronger core will help you function better and with less pain.
#3: Re-calibrate your muscles.Read More
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