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6 Best Exercises For People With Chronic Pain

Most people quit exercise when they’re in pain. That’s a huge mistake. Exercising can reduce pain and improve your life.

Now, you don’t have to do squats or run every day to stay in shape. There are simple yet effective exercises you can do without hurting yourself.

Just remember to consult with a doctor before you start doing these exercises.

Swimming

Swimming is a low impact exercise which doesn’t put pressure on your joints. It will strengthen your muscles and help you stay flexible. Yes! Swimming helps loosen your muscles.

But you may want to avoid butterfly and breaststroke if you have neck or back pain. These two strokes force the back to arch which can worsen the pain.

Swim regularly to avoid the effects of quitting exercise.

Walking

Walking doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It can relieve stress, build stamina and give you lots of other benefits if done regularly.

Are you in so much pain that you can’t tie your shoes or drive comfortably? Well, walking can improve your ability to perform these tasks and do a lot more. Walking also increases endorphin production which reduces pain.

Walk for at least 30 minutes every day.

Tai chi

According to Harvard health, tai chi helps reduce chronic pain. This Chinese practice combines stretching, breath control, meditation and strength training.

In one study, researchers found that people with fibromyalgia experienced less pain after practicing tai chi twice a week for 12 weeks.

Practicing tai chi can also lower blood pressure, fight depression and improve heart health.

Light stretching

Stretching won’t just help you stay fit, it will reduce the pain. And the good thing is there are even stretches you can do at your desk.

Make sure you stretch every day to keep your muscles loose and flexible. Here are stretches that relieve pain and undo the effects of sitting.

Yoga

Research shows that basic yoga postures can reduce pain and lower cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia. In the study, the participants practiced yoga for 75 minutes, twice a week.

It would be wise for you to avoid hard poses which strain joints and the spine. Here are simple yoga poses that help reduce pain.

Simple bodyweight exercises

You should start doing simple bodyweight exercises if you suffer from arthritis. These exercises will increase muscle mass and strengthen the bones.

Start with low impact exercises like wall push ups, chair squats and arm circles. Realize that doing exercises that are too strenuous can worsen the pain.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-best-exercises-for-people-with-chronic-pain.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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