Chiropractic Tip: Get Moving to Get Away From Pain
By Sandy Schroeder
If you are dealing with chronic pain, you know how tempting it is to just sit or lie down, but researchers say, "The right kind of exercise can actually help reduce pain."
Discovering the Magic of Exercise
Researchers have found people with chronic pain who start to move, often keep right on going as they push the pain back. If you have sore knees or ankles, with swelling and loss of the cartilage cushion in those joints, it may be hard to believe that regular walking can change everything, according to Newsmax.com.
When you start, you may feel stiff, sore and breathless but be rewarded with less pain if you keep moving. First, your mood may start to improve. Then you will breathe better, and finally your joints may start to feel looser.
One patient said she began with 20-minute daily walks that soon became a surprise. She talked with neighbors, enjoyed being outside, and most important, her knees felt young again.
So What's Going On?
When you walk daily, muscles grow to better support painful joints, and the cartilage is lubricated. Motion is needed to bring nutrition to the joints. Each step moves fluid into the joints to strengthen and revive them. Movement also revs up the brain, helping to reduce the impact of the joint pain.
How Chiropractic Helps
As you consider the value of exercise for your joints, chiropractic may be the perfect support system to make it all work.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you provides a wellness center that helps patients find natural answers for pain without prescriptions or surgery.
As you talk with your chiropractor about your pain, the two of you can put together a plan to move forward. Improved spinal health often plays out as better health overall.
Gentle targeted spinal adjustments may provide far-reaching pain relief. At the same time, you may sleep better, enjoy more energy, and feel more alert.
Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may help to keep you pain-free as you work on your daily walks. Your chiropractor can help you structure a daily routine, and monitor your progress catching any glitches before they have a chance to settle in.
Ways to Go
Try these simple approaches.
- Three brisk 10-minute walks a day may work
- One 20-minute walk in the park may do it
- Treadmill 15- or 20-minute walks can be a backup
- Add some stairs to the mix too
- Get outdoors to walk whenever possible
- Chart your progress and be prepared to be amazed
- Consider stretches as supplemental exercise
- Warm water therapy may be a helpful addition
When you are ready to get a grip on chronic pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Clinics are open evenings and weekends, walk-ins are welcome and affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lexington, S.C.