Dealing With Chronic Pain And Exercise

Where do you even start with fitness when you suffer from chronic pain, how do you also get the motivation to begin a fitness plan! Why is shoulder pain or back pain annoying to one person and sheer agony to another? Everyone’s pain threshold is different.

Pain is both biochemical and neurological transmission of an unpleasant sensation and emotional experience. Chronic pain is no joke, and when it interferes with daily activities and sleep, you can feel like your re going round in a vicious circle.

Chronic pain can affect all ages, and all parts of the body, most people who have operations go back to normal after surgery. Still, sometimes the pain carries on for longer or comes on without any history of injury or operation. 

What is pain?

The brain and the nerves inside the spine (the spinal nerves) make up the nervous system. The spinal nerves carry messages from the body to the brain to tell it what’s going on. If your nerves themselves are damaged, that’s neuropathic pain. 

How to start exercise when you have chronic pain

  • Learn to improve the way you move and use your body- how you lift things
  • Start slow and gradually build-up 
  • Accept that you will be able to do more on some days than others.
  • Invest in an exercise bike; it boosts cardio and gets the heart pumping.

If you can find a personal trainer to come to your home to get you in the right direction, finding one with a medical background so that they can design a programme so its safe for you.

Not everyone wants to go to the gym as it often involves feelings of fear of being judged based on one’s fitness level and if you have anxiety, it can all be too much before you have even started.

Do your research and find the right personal trainer for you and make sure you check with your doctor before you start. Everyone’s journey has to start somewhere.