I exercise my legs and arms while I am on my heating pads...only way I can. I hope to be getting to the pool regularly soon, so I can do some water exercises. I can do some in the ocean only if the water is real calm.
I have degenerative disk disease (DDD) in my lower back and I have been doing modified water aerobics since 1999. I also did physical therapy several times in a therapy pool and I walk a mile a day in either one of the two swimming pools belonging to two universities I was graduated from, or the therapy pool at a rehabilitation center that I am a member of. My pain doctor says he wishes that every patient he had would exercise in the water.
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10. EXERCISE -- Try not to be completely sedentary. Your cells detoxify better when you are physically active. Walk and stretch a little, but not to the point of worsening the pain. One exercise that a physical therapist taught me helped my shoulder and arm pain: Lie face down on the bed with your shoulders and arms hanging over the edge, then slowly and gently raise your arms to a V-position (sort of like Superman flying) while keeping your head level, not bent down. This helps stretch muscles in the upper back as well as the arms and shoulders. Some FMS patients have also benefitted from warm-water aerobics. A wonderful thing for many people who take either OPC's or other products I found, is that when their FMS pain diminishes, they can go back to normal activities. I even have played some tennis again, which is amazing for someone who lived for so many years as a semi-invalid!