It’s estimated that one in five Australians over the age of 45 are living with chronic pain. Of course, when you’re constantly dealing with chronic pain it’s inevitable that you’re going to experience emotional downturns. After all, you are likely to find it difficult to complete everyday tasks and this will have an effect on your ability to work and live normally.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce your level of chronic pain,
Start With A Physiotherapist
Most people will book an appointment with a specialist in sports physiotherapy after they’ve injured themselves. It’s the best way to have an injury assessed, start exercising to reduce the effects of the injury and recover faster.
All you have to do is book an appointment and explain what happened and what has been injured. The physiotherapist will guide you through the best exercises for your particular injury.
Learn To Stretch
Stretching is essential if you want to improve your flexibility and reduce the likelihood of being injured. Stretching before prepares you for exercise while stretching afterwards reduces the time it takes to recover and helps you train harder.
Stretches done before exercise are known as dynamic while those after exercise are static. These are the better ones to do when recovering from an injury.
Stretching literally means moving position to stretch your muscle and holding the position for 10-20 seconds.
Chronic pain may be caused by exercise or something else. But, whatever the cause, the best way to deal with chronic pain is to exercise!
You may not be capable of running a marathon but you should be capable of walking. It doesn’t matter how slowly you do it, the simple act of walking can help muscles and tendons heal, effectively eliminating chronic pain.
If exercise of any sort is making the pain feel worse then you need to try aquatic aerobic exercise. This is where you perform a set routine in the water. As the water reduces the weight of your body, it also increases the resistance against your muscles.
That allows you to effectively stretch and even push your muscles without risking making an injury worse.
As you get older you will automatically start to experience a decrease in muscle size. This makes it harder to complete everyday tasks and support your body after an injury, effectively increasing the likelihood of chronic pain.
To prevent this or help you to reduce chronic pain, you need to undertake resistance exercises. This means doing basic weightlifting exercises with light weights. It will improve muscle strength, build core strength, and reduce chronic pain. Best of all, you can do it at home.
If any of the above still seems too hard then start simple. Think about the activities and chores you used to do every day and start pushing yourself to do them.
You’ll find it benefits your chronic pain and it helps to keep you active. That’s a good thing.