Gentle Movement

“Motion is lotion”

Gentle movement helps your body and brain recover in many ways and is not harmful. If you do some movement and it doesn’t feel right, slow down and pay attention to the sensations you are feeling. Ask yourself, “is this really dangerous?”. Most times, the discomfort comes and goes and is not related to the movement. When you are not fearful of movement, the brain begins to learn a new and valuable lesson.


As a result, with consistent gentle movement, as through walking or doing a set of exercises daily, your body will adapt and will be able over time to do more. If you get too ambitious and on a good day, you overdo it, you will still get a flare up to remind you of your limitations. Try to stay consistent and gentle, but persistent with yourself. This approach will take time, but it works!

© 2018 by Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists


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