Chronic pain is one of the leading causes of opioid addictions. Working out for pain management is what I do and what so many other people do as well. This mindset coaching article sheds some light on what other people don’t understand. Above all, it will provide insight for those people to stop judging the people who are putting in the work.
Working in an Inpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Center helped me gain the experience and empathy needed to understand what people go through with chronic pain. Because it is a massive problem and there are so many drugs out there everything gets lost in translation when it comes to treatment. The treatment center I worked at supported holistic treatments such as mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, recreational activities, and my passion, which is Therapeutic Exercise.
Working out for pain management is what I’ve been doing for my body since my early twenty’s. The pain is there whether I workout or not. Therefore I choose to workout. Keeping my body strong AF is what separates me from others. Since the creation of The 365 WOD Journey it has become apparent that people with chronic pain need something more than treatment and prescription medication.
On top of that, there are people who simply don’t understand why a person still works out with chronic pain. First off, it’s none of your business. Secondly, because dopamine is a hell of a hormone for pain relief. Feeling happy and in love with yourself is amazing and no drug can even touch that. The WODs are designed with all of that in mind.
Lastly, the pain will be there either way. Having a body that is ready for it versus a body that cripples immediately after waking up is one of the major reasons a person pushes through it. Taking the time to ask them how they are doing is way better than asking why they do it. However, if you ask from a place of true kindness why they’re doing it then, by all means, ask away.
Most people who are working out for pain management will totally answer with a smile on their face. If you come at me or anyone with a condescending tone, then you’re gonna get that tone right back. You are not my body and I know me best. People are going to judge me and criticize what I do no matter what. Simply love yourself from the inside out.
Start each day with a quick note to yourself. I suggest getting a journal to write these notes to yourself. I’ve been doing it for about 4 years and it has helped my mental health so much. I’m grateful for every single day that I’m able to move independently. Most people take that for granted until it’s too late.
Now go get the WOD done and be grateful for your ability to complete one round minimum.
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Working Out For Pain Management | Workout Of The Day (WOD) #332 | Upper Body, Core, and Cardio
Warm Up- 5 Minutes Cardio
- Plank Taps – 40-50 Reps Total
- Seated Heel Touches – 40-50 Reps Total
- Scissor Kick – 40-50 Reps
- Run In Place – 1 Minute
Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Each Pose – Down Dog, Child’s Pose, Up Dog Pose, Down Dog Pose
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