We would like to thank Lucy Wyndham for supplying our blog post today. If nerve pain is holding you back in the gym or workplace, this may help.
Healing Nerve Injuries With Sports And Exercise
There were a total of 609,000 self-reported injuries to workers in Great Britain in 2016 and 2017 combined. While this number might seem low considering the whole of the UK’s workforce, companies and employees alike can reduce this number by incorporating fitness into the company culture at the office. Reducing injuries by engaging in proper fitness has already been shown to be effective for certain types of injuries such as nerve pain and damage. Exercise has been shown to help alleviate pain related to nerve damage by reducing levels of certain inflammation-promoting factors as well as by promoting overall health.
How exercise increases nerve function
Numerous studies provide compounding evidence that suggests exercise significantly reduces neuropathic pain and abnormal responses to temperature and pressure. In one of the experiments, exercise reduced abnormal pain responses by 30 to 50%, and found that performing a progressive exercise, either swimming or treadmill running, helped alleviate the inflammation caused by nerve injuries that lead to pain. These findings seem to suggest that inflammation contributes to the development of neuropathic pain, which makes exercise all the more important in ensuring people affected by this type of injury can rehabilitate properly. Engaging in low-impact progressive exercise routines such as swimming, walking and running on the treadmill and even yoga can help reduce the inflammation that leads enhances neuropathic pain.
What to do when exercise doesn’t work
Because not all injuries are the same, not all can be treated by proper exercise and physical therapy. When exercise isn’t working to treat a nerve injury, you should first consult your doctor or physician about the use of a topical cream. This is a great solution for people who want to naturally treat their nerve pain without ingesting medicine. Painkilling gels and patches can be applied directly to the affected area and have been shown to ease the symptoms associated with nerve injury. Other natural methods, such as sports massages and acupuncture, have been shown to help with nerve injuries as well. One acupuncture study found that acupuncture may improve nerve conduction in peripheral neuropathy.
Incorporating exercise into your daily life
Because nerve injuries require a much more comprehensive rehabilitation plan due to the onset of related physical problems that generally arise, it’s important to consult a doctor before engaging in any rehabilitation. Regardless of whether or not exercise works for you in healing a nerve injury, the benefits of engaging in daily exercise and proper nutrition will allow you to see improvements in your quality of health overall.