A Series of Simple Daily Stretches Could Help You to Reduce Neuropathy Pain and Discomfort
Neuropathy pain can lead you to feel immobilized. It’s easy to gradually become fearful of making the pain and discomfort worse by moving around too much, in the belief that too much exercise could increase your pain.
But in truth, mild exercise is likely to actually help you feel better on a daily basis. If moderate exercise causes more neuropathic pain for you, try some of these simple stretches, which you can even do lying down or in bed. You can repeat each stretch five or six times.
- First, gently spread your fingers wide apart, then loosely close them into a fist. Spread your toes wide, then curl them up.
- Next, begin making circles with your wrists and ankles. Be sure to rotate in both directions several times.
- Now pull your hands in toward your shoulders and bend your knees in gently toward your chest. Gently relax back into your original position.
- Slowly bring up your arms toward your ears, then back down to a resting position.
- Last, lift one leg as far as you comfortably can while keeping your knee straight. Gently lower the leg, then repeat on the other side.
These stretches are great for anyone with neuropathy pain that results in limited range of motion. They can help to improve circulation in your legs and arms in addition to giving your joints a gentle workout.
Remember, even mild and occasional exercise is helpful in keeping yourself as healthy and pain-free as possible. Start at a very slow pace, only going as far as you feel comfortable, and then build up your stretching stamina on a daily or weekly basis. Of course, be sure to speak with your NeuropathyDR® clinician before initiating any new exercise program.
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