Got Pain? Here’s the One Option You Haven’t Tried Yet

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If you suffer from pain, it’s all too easy to avoid exercising. After all, wouldn’t that just make it worse?   

In fact, the opposite is true. Too much rest can aggravate pain and put you at greater risk of injury when you do get up and move around. You are perfectly fine to exercise for pain relief; you just need to be careful about which type of exercise you choose. High impact step routines, running, and team sports are all out, but you can try lower-impact stuff to boost flexibility, improve muscle tone, and release those all-important painkilling endorphins.  

Failing to exercise can lead to your muscles becoming weak, stiff, and immobile. This can make the pain worse and lead to other problems in your overall health. Exercising regularly also helps with weight management and heart health, amongst other benefits.   

Before you start any kind of exercise program, remember to consult your doctor or physiotherapist. How well your pain responds to exercise depends on the nature of the pain and the underlying cause – for some pain conditions, exercise can make the problem worse.  

If you are a pain sufferer, you can keep your motivation up by always remembering that you are not alone – some 100million adults in the United States are sufferers.  


Walking is a free, low-impact way to exercise that gets the blood pumping and gets you outside into the fresh air. Walking for just 30 minutes a few times a week can help you build strength, increase endurance, and keep your heart healthy. Take it slow if walking is hard for you and build up to longer walks at a faster pace if you need to. Don’t forget to take any walking aids you need with you.   


If you have more serious mobility issues and walking isn’t an option, give swimming a try. It keeps the joints moving and supple just as much as walking does but is even lower-impact. Many people also find swimming the most relaxing form of exercise, as the sensation of gliding through the water can be almost meditative.  

Stretching / Yoga  

Pain and tension in the lower back can be very difficult to treat; there are few medical options for treating this kind of pain. You can minimize your symptoms with stretches and maybe even a few simple yoga poses – these will help you stay mobile and improve the strength of those all-important lower back muscles. These muscles support the body’s core posture, so keeping them in good condition is key.   

Do your research or consult your doctor before beginning a stretching regimen, as getting it wrong can make things worse instead of better. Make sure you’re doing exercises that work the muscle groups you need to look at while making sure you’re eliminating the risk of further damage. You should also do this if you’re planning to start a yoga regimen, as ‘off the shelf’ classes may not suit your needs. 

Dealing with post-exercise pain 

Muscle soreness after exercise, sometimes referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is perfectly normal. It can happen at any time, and after any kind of workout – even if you’ve been doing the same workout for a while. It happens because when working out, you’re using your muscles differently than you do in everyday life. This causes tiny, microscopic, tears in the muscle fibre and leaves us sore and stiff. 

If you do find yourself sore after exercising, don’t be discouraged from continuing your regimen. Instead, why not try a workout that involves other muscle groups while the sore ones recover? Or try low-impact exercise such as swimming? You should also make sure to stretch properly before and after each workout to ease muscle tightness. 

Absolutely anyone can have sore muscles after exercise, even people who have been exercising regularly for years. It’s actually a good sign: your muscles hurting shows that you’re working hard, and that your fitness is on the up. However, being in pain is never pleasant (especially if you’re a pain sufferer), but there are ways to make your recovery easier.  

If you are experiencing pain after exercise, starting a CBD regimen may help. CBD (cannabidiol), is one of the primary substances found in the marijuana plant. Unlike its sister compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive and is legal in several countries.  

CBD is thought to help reduce muscular inflammation after exercise, so it could be a fantastic solution for pain if you’re keen to avoid pharmaceuticals. The most popular way to take CBD is in the form of oil; the raw CBD oil is mixed with a carrier oil and placed under the tongue using a pipette. You simply let it sit there for a minute or so and then swallow. Be aware – it has a distinctive earthy taste that may take some getting used to!  

You can also use CBD for muscle soreness after exercise in the form of a lotion, balm or tincture; these can be applied topically instead of being ingested. Simply rub the product onto the affected area and wait for the pain to subside!  

As you would with anything else, if you are taking other medications you should consult your doctor before starting with CBD. This is due to the potential impact on your liver’s ability to process CBD alongside your medication: it may change how your body responds. 

That said, CBD is generally well-tolerated even at high doses, and you’re unlikely to experience any side effects (that aren’t related to interactions with existing medication). However, figuring out how much you should take is a little harder; because CBD is still mostly unregulated, there is no recommended or standardized dosing advice available. It’s best to start low and work your way up – even if you’re unlikely to feel any ill effects from taking too much; you still want to be sure you’re only taking what you need. 

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