How Exercise Can Reduce Pain

Whether it's lower back pain, knee pain, joint pain or chronic pain, if it's excruciating discomfort (or even mild discomfort!) that you're dealing with, you're likely not living your best life. However, there are ways that you can use exercise to help reduce pain.

How Exercise Can Reduce Pain 

Whether it's lower back pain, knee pain, joint pain or chronic pain, if it's excruciating discomfort (or even mild discomfort!) that you're dealing with, you're likely not living your best life. However, there are ways that you can use exercise to help reduce pain. 

This is often a preferred option for those who are already focused on healthy eating and stress reduction to alleviate pain, and who want to find alternative options to pain management beyond pain killers and other pharmaceuticals. 

There are three types of exercise that are particularly useful for reducing pain: cardio, strength building and stretching.

Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise comes with an array of health benefits, but sometimes you don't realise how little cardiovascular exercise is needed in order for you to see results. You don't have to run a marathon.

You can just start out by walking for half an hour several times a week and you'll see results. Start slowly and build up to harder and harder tasks. 

Similarly, swimming is often a preferred method of cardiovascular exercise, especially for those with joint pain. 

Swimming exercises (you don't even have to actually "swim," technically — just get in the pool and move around) avoid putting a lot of pressure and strain on your joints.

Strength Building Exercises

Again, doing strength building exercises for pain management doesn't necessarily mean you're lifting heavy weights in the gym. 

You can do plenty of strength-building exercises that don't require large weights. From squats to lower back exercises, such as beginner pilates moves. 

Stretching and Yoga Exercises

Stretching and yoga exercises are especially important for those dealing with pain, as they increase flexibility and ensure you don't lose range of motion from not moving painful parts of your body on a regular basis. 

Additionally, stretching can help you slowly work up to using those body parts in an increased manner, little by little, in a more tolerable way. 

Yoga is especially an easy exercise to incorporate into your routine and will not only help with overall pain management, but also relieving some of the stress and mental blocks that can come with long-term pain of all types.

Always Check with Your Doctor First!

Of course, before you start doing any kinds of new exercises or start pushing yourself beyond your normal day-to-day activity levels, you should check with your doctor. 

This is to ensure you won't be harming yourself in potentially unforeseeable ways. 

If they give you the go-ahead, though, don't hesitate to starting using exercise as a method of pain relief. You might just wonder why you didn't start earlier!