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Exercise is an important part of your pain management. Regular exercise can help improve your general fitness and help you to return to the activities you enjoy or need to do.
Research shows that exercise benefits your health and well-being. You, like many people who have ongoing pain, may have reduced your activity to try to relieve your symptoms. Often movement is reduced or avoided because of concerns of causing re-injury or further damage.
Unfortunately this inactivity leads to stiffness, muscle weakness, low mood and reduced fitness levels. This is known as de-conditioning. In the long term this reduces your ability to perform daily activities and enjoy yourself socially. It can be hard to break out of this vicious circle.
There are many benefits to exercise. Initially exercise may cause an increase in your pain. However if you exercise in a controlled and paced way the potential benefits are well worth the hard work.
You can record your exercise on the ‘My Activity’ tracker on the patient online platform which is available for patients within the Pain Service and you can sign up for here (you will need the access code provided by the Pain Service). You can also do this yourself by setting goals yourself on paper (see section on Goals) ADD LINK
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Step five in the Ten Footsteps to Living Well With Pain is 'Getting Active'.
Being active is really good for your body and your mind and there are lots of easy ways to be active. Physical activity is anything that gets you moving. It’s not just about playing sport – it can be simple things such as walking, cycling, gardening or even housework.
Everything you need to know about the support that's available in Somerset to help you become healthy and improve your wellbeing.
Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) is dedicated to increasing the health and happiness of residents in Somerset through physical activity and sport.
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This factsheet from the team at Somerset Community Pain Management Service covers why our bodies need to exercise and covers some of the general concepts that will impact your health and the things you can do to better manage your ongoing pain.
If done right, exercise can be a strong first line of defence against illness. Exercise Works are committed to showing patients how to do it right.
NHS Walk 4 Life aims to get you out and about in a gentle and secure manner. Regular walking, even just down to the shops, can make a real difference to your physical fitness and can help to reduce pain.
The people who cope best with back pain are those who stay active and get on with life. Regular sport and exercise has proven to be very valuable in the management of back pain. Advice is available on what exercises and activities may be suitable
Exercise is both an excellent way of preventing back pain and reducing it. If you have recurring bouts of back pain, this information could be really helpful.
"I am an unemployed single mum of one. I have suffered with back and shoulder problems for nearly 10 years, from a couple of years before becoming pregnant with my daughter". Read on to find out more about how Saira managed to cope with her pain whilst keeping her mood positive.
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How do I register?
If you have been referred to the Somerset Community Pain Management Service and have received your first appointment letter, you will have been given access to Patients Online at the same time and told how to register. You can do this at Register, below.
If you've received your first appointment letter but are unable to register on the platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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