Exercise is valuable when it pain it does bring positive benefits
At one point or another in our lives we have all experienced pain. Unfortunately, there are some medical conditions in which leave people in enduring pain. Pain killing medications may reduce and eliminate that pain but it comes with numerous side effects some of which can be dire. In order to relieve pain more and more people are looking for natural alternatives to help decrease pain and improve their quality of life.
One alternative is exercise. Exercise does decrease the pain and improve your quality of life. According to Dr. Perry Fine, M.D., board member at the American Pain Foundation, exercise not only reduces a person’s perception of pain but allows for overcoming limited function.
Endorphins are the body’s natural painkiller and exercise gives the endorphins a boost.
Serotonin is an important substance in our brain. It is valuable because when blood vessels are flexible, they will less likely cause irritation. Serotonin also improves our mood, when we are in a good mood we feel less than pain then we are in a bad mood.
Serotonin also fights pain in the brain. It blocks the brains perception of pain.
There are some exercise’s you can do in pain. Below are just a few of them. However, please remember to pace yourself so you do not over do it. You should consult with your health practitioner first about exercises. They can provide you with an exercise program. A physical therapist can also help provide you with advice.
Walking is one of the simplest and low impact exercises you can do. The best part it can be done any where, the local school track, the mall, around your neighborhood and you can even take Fido with you and let your pet get exercise at the same time.
Yoga’s bending and stretching is great but the breathing components of yoga are also greatly beneficial when it comes to pain. Dr. Steven Calvino, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and rehabilitation medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City, does however remark that he recommends against doing certain poses. Some of yoga does involve extreme ranges of motion involving the spine so there is a risk for injury. You should do what is comfortable for you and in your range of motion. Yoga can be done even if the person is bedridden by starting with yoga’s simple breathing techniques, focusing on various body parts. Then blending these into either active or passive movements.
Tai Chi is great for all ages. It does not matter how old a person is as long as you can move some. It blends the mind and body.
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine conducted this year had reported that Tai Chi done twice weekly had demonstrated a reduction of pain, stiffness and fatigue in fibromyalagia patients. Tai Chi also aides in building strength, endurance and balance.
Places in or near Detroit
Boll Family YMCA (Tai Chi, Personal Trainers)
For other locations visit YMCA Detroit Locations
535 Griswold Street