Guide to Healthy Movement
The human body was designed to move and be active. When chronic pain causes the lack of physical movement, a host of other health problems may arise making the recovery process more difficult and lengthy. When people experience chronic pain, there is a natural tendency to be over-protective and avoid movement.
When muscles are inactive, they quickly deteriorate and joints become stiff, which can cause increased pain and reduced bodily function.
Keeping physically active through healthy movement will ensure that chronic pain isn’t exacerbated by immobility. You will benefit by keeping your muscle toned, regaining your range of motion within joints and releasing tension within the body.
Guidelines to healthy movement:
- Take short walks regularly
- Swimming allows physical movement without the impact on joints
- Heated pools have additional benefit for painful conditions
- Gentle yoga stretches or Tai Chi can assist in keeping muscles and joints active
- Move about every half an hour and avoid sitting for an extended period of time
- Gradually increase your exercise regime and be realistic about what is achievable
Our Physiotherapists work with patients to create a tailored exercise plan to help regain your confidence in physical movement and enjoy the benefits of mobility.
Some useful resources:
- Physiotherapy for chronic pain
- Pain & Activity
- Pain & Pacing
- Chronic Pain Australia
- Pacing & Chronic Pain
- Pilates for back pain
- Lane Cove Hydrotherapy for Chronic Pain
- Tai Chi classes at Willoughby Leisure Centre
Below is an example of a stretching routine you could try at home. Please consult your physiology or doctor if you are concerned about any of the shown stretches.