Many older adults have to live with chronic pain. In fact, the number is so huge that it is recently estimated that around 50 million adults have to cope with chronic pain. To make things worse, chronic pain tends to have side effects like having trouble sleeping, stress, or even depression.
One way that you can attempt to relieve this pain is by trying out some pain relieving stretches for older adults to aid in flexibility and pain relief. Take note that before trying any of the recommendations we have listed below, it is important to first consult your doctor if they are suitable for you and your fitness level. This is especially so if you have had past injuries, a medical condition, or any type of balance issues.
Overhead Side Stretch
This exercise can be done either standing, sitting on a chair, or sitting with your feet around hip-width apart. To begin, get into a comfortable position before raising your arms and locking your fingers together. Make sure to keep your chest straight and then gently start to learn to your right. Hold this position for around 10 to 30 seconds before moving back to the center and repeating on your left side. This stretch is designed to help that lie between and support the ribs.
Preferably done while standing up, place your left heel with your toes up in front of your straight back leg. Without curling your lower back, hinge forward until you start to feel a stretch before holding the position for 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat with your other leg. This stretch can help with preventing any form of lower back pain and help to improve your posture and flexibility.
This can be done standing up or sitting down on a chair if you have balance issues. Begin by reaching your left arm across your body and putting your right hand on your upper left arm. Using your right hand, draw your left arm closer. Hold this position for 10 to 30 seconds before switching your arms. This exercise is particularly helpful if you want to relieve tension and tightness in your shoulders and neck.
If you or your loved one is dealing with chronic pain, you might find it hard to carry out your day-to-day activities without assistance. At this point, it might be helpful to start considering a placement with senior living communities. Here at Mariposa, we offer both assisted living and independent living. This variety in our senior living options is so that we can better cater our level of care to the unique needs of our residents.
We firmly believe that everyone deserves to live a meaningful life with purpose and joy. This is why we offer a resort-style living environment with easy access to anything that you might need like on-site medical and therapy services, transportation services, and even housekeeping and maintenance. This ensures that if any of our residents are feeling uncomfortable or requires extra help, our professional staff is always on hand to give round-the-clock care.
For more information on our different housing options, amenities, and programs, contact our senior living counselors by filling in this online form or by calling us at 561.332.4899.