Lack of movement has been shown to exasperate chronic pain (17) and similarly exercise has been shown to be effective for the management of chronic pain (19), activating pain modulation (20). I find maintaining a mild to moderate exercise regime noticeably improves my soreness and the effects are lasting. Likewise in the opposite, a general exercise programme that contains muscular strength, flexibility, and aerobic fitness has been found to be beneficial for rehabilitation (17). This was one of the tools I didn’t utilise until later in my journey. I was just the same as many of you may be feeling, I was in so much pain the last thing I wanted to do was move, but I wish I had tried sooner. Ideally a personal exercise regime would be worked out by a qualified person, with a graded approach, to help you prevent symptom flares from the injured areas vulnerable to pain.
Gentle movement such as walking, yoga, tai chi, have all been shown to have significant effects plus naturally calm your aroused nervous system (21, 22, 23). Stress is thought to be held within the nervous system and the body itself, and exasperates chronic pain (24), with exercise offered as a key way to release held stress (25). Exercise increases your feel good endorphins (26) that are shown to improve chronic pain (16).