On top of that, if you do no exercise, it will be harder to sleep at night. Poor sleep makes you more vulnerable to pain, and slows down the healing processes in your body.
The bottom line is – if you’ve been checked out by a medical professional, and you’re in no danger of making your injury worse by moving, then some form of gentle exercise is absolutely essential.
The exercise you do can be a simple as a walk around the block. The important part is to slowly increase this until you are able to 40 minutes of exercise /walking per day.
At this stage you will be producing endorphins, and you will have avoided one of the major pitfalls to overcoming chronic pain. I can’t over emphasise how important this is – daily exercise is one of the keys to setting you free of pain.
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