Posted on Aug 10th 2022
Living with chronic pain is difficult, but there are many ways you can help manage or even lessen your pain. Stretching is one of the best natural ways you can help relieve chronic pain and aid in healing.
Our muscles and joints can get stiff and tight as we age, and that tightness and stiffness can make chronic pain feel worse. Stretching helps relieve that stiffness, which in turn relieves pain. Here are a few more things stretching can do for your body:
Telling someone to stretch may seem pretty straightforward, but there are right and wrong ways to stretch, especially if you are dealing with chronic pain. If you have chronic pain in your hips, low back, knees or elsewhere, there may be some stretches you should avoid doing because they may harm rather than help. A simple rule of thumb for stretching is: if it hurts, don’t do it. Stretching should relieve pain, not cause it.
Here are a few more tips for incorporating stretching into your life in a safe and healthy way:
At Chronic Care of Richmond, we believe your body has the power to heal itself. Stretching is one of many tools you can use on your journey to find relief from chronic pain. If you need guidance on beneficial stretches for your chronic pain, or you’re looking for more information on how to help yourself heal naturally, we can help.
Contact Chronic Care of Richmond today to request a consultation.