Day 4 Week 15 – Pain and Quality of Life

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Marathon Training

Cross training, no running. Did a series of yoga for legs, hips, and lower back. The result is amazing, as if I had got massages for my lower body – relief of tight muscles, and associated aches and pains.

Pain and Quality of Life

Pain, especially chronic, negatively affects our quality of life. No mater physical or emotional, there is a direct correlation between the severity of the pain and our freedom of living. No wonder, pain relief is such a profitable business if you can swing it.

Trouble is that pain relief without understanding the root-cause is only temporary. Because pain is a symptom, telltale sign of something deeper, and way too common. In haste, one may look to quick fixes.  Which usually lead to failure, dependency, and more suffering.

Effective pain management requires understanding of the root-cause.  Some cases may require professional intervention,  Lucky for me, mine are relatively straight forward and from my marathon training.  Thus I am able to ameliorate them through the yoga stretches. 

How you deal with pain so to increase your quality of life?

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2 Responses to Day 4 Week 15 – Pain and Quality of Life

  1. OmniRunner says:

    As a runner, something always hurts. I try to avoid Tylenol and Advil, even aspirin.
    Ice, compression and Arnica gel work pretty well for me.
    I often have lower back pain and I’ve found that yoga does a good job of relieving that area of pain.
    Yoga has also helped me relieve and avoid much pain from running also.


    • terryshen says:

      Yes, Andy. I find the yoga and running are quite complementary. I use yoga to stretch my tight legs/ hips and meditate while I run to appreciate how my body interacts with ground & gets its support from our foundation.

      I almost never use pain killers (which amazes my dentist). Because I don’t view pain necessarily as a bad thing. As you said, we deal with pain most of the time. Thanks for sharing.


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