Aerobic exercise increases the heart-rate and helps oxygen-rich blood circulate more efficiently through the body which increases healing, decreases pain and stiffness, and prevents injury. People who participate in aerobic exercise on a regular basis experience:
- Fewer episodes of pain or less pain because of increased production of endorphins
- Lower BMI (Body Mass Index) and put less weight-related stress on joints and spine
- Fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Improved mood, cognition, sleep, function, quality of life, and cardiovascular well being
Either in conjunction with or outside of aerobic exercise massage therapy and stretching techniques can help alleviate pain and prevent future injuries and pain.
Massage is both relaxing as well as a form of manipulative therapy and can be beneficial in treating the cause of some types of pain, such as tension in the shoulders or headaches. Additionally, massage can improve anxiety and depression, which affects pain and pain tolerance.
Stretching exercises are low-impact and can be done by just about everyone. Many people are prescribed stretching techniques to prepare for and recover from surgery or surgical procedures, recover from injuries, or to prevent injury.
Although beneficial, aerobic exercise is not for everyone. No one should begin an exercise routine before consulting a physician.
The physicians at Cedar Hill Pain and Rehab can help determine the best treatment plan that works for you and improves your quality of life.