If there was one thing I wish I could remember to do every day to manage my pain, it would be rehab exercises.
But for some reason, making exercise a daily habit never works for me.
Weirdly, I think part of the problem is that when I am doing regular rehab work, there comes a point when I realize, “Hey… I’m feeling pretty good. Maybe I should go wash my car!”
And then I do. And I’m super happy about accomplishing this thing that has been on my to do list forever and there is much rejoicing. Maybe I even try to tackle another much smaller project on my to do list that I’ve been putting off for months.
And then I forget to do my rehab work that day, because I’m tired. Besides, I got in plenty of physical activity! That should count, right?
Then I go to sleep.
It might not happen that day or even the next, but my body isn’t stupid. At some point, usually about 48 hours out, it realizes what I’ve been up to and the pain comes back.
In a big way.
And then I don’t think to do my rehab work because all I want to do is sleep.
At the very least, I. Do. Not. Want. To. Move.
And the daily rehab habit that had gotten me to the point where I felt like I could actually do stuff gets dropped for some undetermined length of time.
Usually at least until some random day when I remember that rehab work makes me feel better and that if I felt a lot better, I could maybe get some stuff done…
What can I say? I am not always the brightest.
If you want to get started with rehab exercises, I recommend you go see a physical therapist.
But if that isn’t a possibility, you can check out my post, Exercises for Head-To-Toe Pain Relief.
There are tons of other exercises on YouTube that might help, too. And if you’re more of a book person, I recommend Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain by Pete Egoscue. It is the first resource I go to when I have pain that needs troubleshooting.