What a Pain!
- Chronic pain is a worldwide condition, currently at epidemic numbers – 1.5 billion individuals suffer with some form of chronic pain
- According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) about $635 billion is spent on therapies and lost productivity, yearly
- A number of studies suggest that practicing yoga can help pain conditions like low back pain and irritable bowel syndrome, both of which are notoriously chronic in nature
- According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, just 1-2 hours of exercise weekly can help to lower the risk of chronic pain in the lower back, neck and shoulders.
- Though instructors still do it in many classes, stretching before a workout will not prevent an injury, and “cold stretching,” before muscles are warmed up, may even cause damage to muscles and ligaments, resulting in persistent chronic pain. Better to do what’s called an active warm up, which means beginning an exercise program with movements that start slow and then increase in intensity, until you move to full throttle exercise. One example is to start with brisk walking, then break into a jog for a minute or two, and then begin your actual running program. If you do want to stretch at the beginning of a workout, then after the active warm up, you can stop to stretch gently and then flow into the exercise routine.