Thursday 2 January 2020

Can You Stay Active With Chronic Pain?

Anyone can develop chronic pain and there are lots of different causes that could become an issue for you. One of the issues with injuries is that it can take a while for the impact to show up and be felt. You can be injured and the full extent of the pain might not be apparent for over a year. That’s why you should always get checked out by a doctor if you are involved in an accident. 

Chronic pain can also develop for what seems like no reason at all. Fibromyalgia is a recognised condition that causes chronic pain. However, thus far researchers have not been able to pinpoint the actual cause. 

This is a problem, particularly if you’re an active problem and you love working out. You might hate the idea of not being able to work out as much as you used to. The good news is that you won’t need to do this because there are ways to continue to work out even if you are suffering from chronic pain. Let’s explore some of the options. 

Using Typical Pain Medicine 

One option would be to use the typical medicine that you can get over the counter or that can be prescribed by your doctor. This is great because it means that you won’t feel the true extent of your chronic pain. That could, theoretically, allow you to continue to exercise freely. However, there is an issue to be aware of here. 

The medicine will only be masking the pain, not dealing with the cause. This is different from dealing with short term pain because the medicine will often reduce levels of inflammation that are impacting your body. That’s why the next tip is also important.

Take It Slower

While you don’t need to stop completely when you are suffering from chronic pain, you do need to think of going at a slower pace and completing less. This takes the pressure of your body to perform at the same level when struggling with pain. 

For instance, you might want to think about lowering the amount that you are lifting. Alternatively, you can think about taking a couple of miles off the distance that you usually run. It can be a little disappointing at first when you realise that you won’t be able to do as much as used to. However, you will soon adjust and gain the benefits of not pushing your body to the point of pain. 

Try Alternative Medicine

There is a range of alternative medicines that have been linked to benefits for those suffering from chronic pain. One of the most recent examples of this is CBD oil. Research is currently ongoing into how CBD could help individuals suffering from chronic pain but it is already available on the market 

Different Types Of Exercise

Finally, you should think about exploring different types of exercises. Some are more beneficial for those suffering from chronic pain. You should definitely think about gentle swimming. Swimming is great for burning fat but is also useful for soothing aching muscles. 

*This is a collaborative post*


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