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Exercise with chronic pain: Experts say to ‘go for it, but gently’
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Exercise with chronic pain: Experts say to ‘go for it, but gently’

Exercise is a mood-booster for me — when I'm physically able to handle it.But I live with chronic pain, and it feels like many gym classes aren't well-suited to people like me, who can struggle to get through a regular 60-minute class.So for those of us with chronic pain who want to get moving, what are the options?Pain doesn't mean you shouldn't exerciseSome people with chronic pain are daunted by movement because they fear it might flare their pain (and yep, I can relate.)But the evidence-based view is that movement can actually help treat chronic pain, explains Thorlene Egerton, a physiotherapist and senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne."In days gone past we used to approach health problems by thinking we have to fix the health problem [and] take the pain away, before peopl...