There are few concepts as true as “health is a gift only the sick can see.” Even minor chronic aches and pains can prevent us from doing exactly what we want, and it can be incredibly frustrating. Those who suffer from chronic aches and pains—about 1.5 billion people around the world—know this all too well. The good news: The sooner you’re proactive about treating chronic aches and pains, whether with stretches, infrared heat or other proven methods, the better.
Treatment for chronic pain is tricky. Unlike an ankle injury or shin splints from running, the source of chronic pain is difficult to nail down, making it feel near impossible to treat. But there’s hope. We spoke with leading experts to find out the best moves to prevent and treat common aches and pains. These moves, when practiced consistently for a few minutes per day, should help with tensions associated with working out as well as tensions accumulated from life’s other daily stressors.
Note that when doing anything DIY for recovery, it’s important to know your body. If the pain is chronic—defined as lasting for more than three to six months after the normal healing time—see an expert for a one-on-one consultation. Places like Stretch*d and ReCover NYC fall into a burgeoning category that sits somewhere between relaxing yoga/massage and guided physical therapy and can help anyone take the DIY approach outlined in the slideshow above.