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Get moving to get yourself out of pain

I read this article and was shocked because I always thought when you're in pain, you need to rest the arm, or leg or whatever until the pain goes away.

"Edward Laskowski, MD and co-director of the Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic, says, “Years ago, people who were in pain were told to rest. But now we know the exact opposite is true. When you rest, you become de-conditioned—which may actually contribute to chronic pain.”


Tue. Oct 21, 10:21am

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especially in the back pain department.

Rest might be important at times, but too much back rest can hurt rather then help.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 10:28 AM

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I just experienced this!! My shoulder wasn't getting any better when I stopped exercising but then I didn't feel like sitting around anymore so I started working out again and it actually got better. So funny!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 11:45 AM

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I know that my knees are much better if I don't take more than 2 days off from working out - any more and I'm really crippling around! Unfortunately my arthritic big toe just seems to get worse no matter what I do. . . .

Sunday, March 22, 2009, 4:39 PM

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Just read this. It came as a "tip of the day". I completely agree with this! I live in tons of pain everyday. I've been bed-ridden. I finally told myself I wanted my life back. I work-out, I have to modify lots of things. I feel so much pain, I cry through many of them. I'm out of the bed. I walk better. I have a better quality of life. If we push it there is so much we can do!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010, 4:51 PM

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Chronic Back, Knees, Foot, and Shoulder

I agree with continuing to work out and I gather that so many of us have bad back and knee pain - but I see ever so rarely the workout advice that caters to us. So much of it is extreme boot camp advice that I just cannot do - I do hit the gym 3 times a week and swim 2 or 3 days a week w/ Aqua Aerobics and 5 - 10 laps. I'm well overweight and am working on the consumption side of it. I would really appreciate seeing some daily tips for us not so in shape people that do workout. And thanks - loving the daily tips and challenges.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 3:19 PM

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