The Training Room Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
“The more you move the less you hurt!” THE PATH TO NOMORE PAIN
1. Exercise has an excellent risk/benefit ratio. Exercise, when done safely and appropriately, offers so many benefits to a person’s overall well-being. Regular exercise is good for your heart, sharpens the mind, assists with blood pressure control, contributes to weight loss and decreased stress. A2012systematic review in theCardiopulmonaryPhysicalTherapy Journal revealed that early mobilization for patients being treated in intensive care units has a significant positive impact on functional outcomes and prognosis. Think about it: If the evidence shows that getting people moving in an ICU setting is better than letting these critically ill patients lie around in bed all day, it’s not a stretch to say the benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks for just about everyone.
Pain. Throbbing, aching, radiating pain. It hurts. It limits our abilities to participate in everyday tasks: climbing stairs, riding in the car, folding laundry and to enjoy our pleasures: a walk or run on a sunny day, playing with your children, lifting your grandchildren, playing you favorite sport. For most people, the idea of getting up and moving when in pain may sound counter intuitive. But the health benefits of physical activity—including it’s ability to relieve pain—has been known for literally thousands of years. So, if you’re hurting, check out some of these evidence-based reasons why a discussion with your physical therapist may be the jump-start you need to pain-free living. 5 Ways Exercise Is Better Than Pain Meds Disclaimer: chat with your physical therapist before starting any new exercise program. You should also chat with a personal trainer or physical therapist to ensure your technique is sound in whatever activity you choose to do (running, swimming, lifting weights, etc.).
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