Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers


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Treatments: Exercise

Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:

Dance classes 

BOTTOM LINE:  Temporarily aggravated my pain to a small degree, but psychologically positive.

After more than two years of pain, when I had significantly improved after my John F. Barnes myofascial release (JFB-MFR) intensive treatment, I took various dance classes (e.g., modern dance, contact improvisation, ballet). While I could tolerate about thirty to forty-five minutes of these classes and was thrilled to be doing something active, my neck pain often increased afterwards, so I stopped.

Plus, driving myself to a dance class, attending the class, and driving back home took its toll on my body over and above the dance classes themselves. I have found if I do exercise activities at home (e.g., Zumba videos) I can better moderate the time I'm engaged in an activity and I do not have to drive anywhere (which generally aggravates my symptoms).    

I have since tried more modern dance classes, including the Duncan Technique, which I have found to be a particularly mindful type of dance that I may pursue further, although it can still aggravate my symptoms if I inadvertently do too much.

Dancing hasn't eliminated my pain, but movement is good for circulation, general health, and has a psychological benefit for me. Nonetheless, I've taken a break because of the flare-ups, which might also have been caused by several other confounding factors, but flare-ups nonetheless.