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Your Sedentary Lifestyle Could be Making Your Pain Worse

When you are in pain, sometimes moving is the last thing you want to do. It seems like it would be easier to snuggle up under the blankets and stay in bed all day, and some days that is what you need to do. However, studies show that it's important to move and exercise when you suffer from chronic pain. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, it could actually be making your pain worse. 

The amount of time you spend sitting can negatively impact your health. Whether you are at the computer, watching TV, driving, or sitting at your desk, the lack of movement can be exacerbating your pain. It's a vicious cycle for many. Pain causes you to become less active, and less activity increases pain. The key is to find a healthy balance between rest and activity. Based on your doctor's recommendations and your condition, it is a good idea to become more physically active.

When certain activities cause pain, there is a tendency to avoid all activities or get more rest than is necessary. Too much rest can lead to muscle weakness from lack of use. Instead of eliminating activities altogether, modify them to see what works for you. Try something new like water-based activities that put less pressure on joints and muscles, or gentle yoga. If possible, work with a physical therapist who knows how to work certain muscle groups, then practice the exercises at home.

Since sleep is important in pain management, be sure to soothe tired, sore muscles with Milkweed Balm. After you exercise and before you go to sleep, massage Milkweed Balm onto muscles. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of Milkweed Balm may help promote bone, joint, and muscle health.