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7 Tips for Exercising When You Have Chronic Pain

Too much of the wrong activity can make pain worse. If running or jogging are out of the question, you may be able to manage and enjoy cycling, which is easier on painful knees and hips. Aquatic therapy, including aerobics performed in warm water, help to alleviate inflammation; the buoyancy of the water protects the body from the stress of gravity and from jerky or jarring movements that might otherwise cause pain. No matter which type of exercise you choose, use caution not to move too quickly, stretch or twist too far, or do so much that you pain becomes worse.

As you become more comfortable, you may decide to enroll in an exercise class or pursue personal training; inform you instructor or fitness professional of your condition, so he can demonstrate how to move safely and get the most out of your workout.

Exercise improves a person’s sleep patterns. Sleep problems often plague individuals who have chronic pain. Worry, depression, or the pain itself diminishes the quantity and quality of your sleep. Some medications also encourage insomnia. Sleeping aids can help, but practicing relaxation and behavioral therapy techniques can help you get more normal sleep without side effects. When restorative sleep patterns improve, pain symptoms usually do too.3 Physically active individuals sleep longer and more deeply that those who are sedentary. Exercise also helps to alleviate sleep apnea, a common disruptive sleep disorder that abruptly stops the breath.

7 Tips for Exercising When You Have Chronic Pain

  1. Talk to you doctor before you begin an exercise program.
  2. Start slowly and gradually increase your efforts as you gain strength, flexibility, and confidence.
  3. Move at your own pace. Never try to keep up with a class or a group if doing so is painful.
  4. Exercise every day, if possible.
  5. Strive for a balanced routine of cardiovascular, strengthening, and stretching exercise.
  6. Accept that you will be able to do more on some days than others.
  7. Be patient with your progress. Overexertion makes pain worse and can strain muscles.

SOURCE: https://www.spineuniverse.com/wellness/exercise/7-tips-exercising-when-you-have-chronic-pain


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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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