When you are feeling pain, whether it’s because of chronic joint pain or a new sports injury, your body’s first reaction is to restrict. What does that mean? You tense up and stop moving. Sometimes pain is your body’s way of saying “slow down.” But in many situations, it is important to safely incorporate small, gentle movements into your daily recovery plan. While rest is an important piece of pain management, fascial restrictions and non-movement can actually build scar tissue and make your health matters worse.

Work with your chiropractor to learn safe, gentle movements.

Chiropractic care is an important piece of your pain management plan. When you come in for your appointment with Total Body Chiropractic & Massage, we will be happy to walk you through some safe, gentle exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine. Every injury or chronic condition is different and in order to get you moving safely and for optimal health, we need to see you. If you are feeling restricted because of pain, schedule a chiropractic appointment.

Stay active when you can.

While there is no one-size-fits-all movement solution for pain problems, it often feels right to choose low-impact exercise like walking or swimming. Gentle, small movements are best in most situations. Even just a short walk to the mailbox or around the block will wake up your muscles, ligaments and blood flow and get much-needed nutrition to your joints.

Use heat and foam rollers before you get moving for the day.

Pain is typically at its high point when you first wake up in the morning. This is because of the fascial restrictions you experience all night while you sleep. You feel tight, tense, and maybe have a hard time getting up out of bed at all. Try using a heating pad or if you are able, work with a foam roller or lacrosse ball when you first wake up. Again, getting nutrition flowing to your joints after periods of inactivity will help loosen soreness and tight areas.

Listen to your body.

It’s always important to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right or the pain gets too strong, it is important to stop and take a rest. Consult your chiropractic physician to see if you are doing too much. You don’t want to tax your already stressed body. The key when you are feeling pain is always slow, gentle movement. And rest when you need it.

Are you experiencing pain and struggling to find ways to get moving? Total Body Chiropractic & Massage in Bend, Oregon specializes in chiropractic care, massage, and the Graston soft-tissue release treatment. We can help you come up with a pain-management plan and get moving again.