In addition to eating a balanced diet and taking controlled pain relief, exercise and stretching may help ease some types of pain. There are various exercises believed to help ease muscle and joint aches and pains, usually involving slow stretches to aid relaxation.
Research conducted by a variety of Australian Universities found that land- and water-based exercise also helped provide short-term pain relief for those with hip osteoarthritis pain.1
In addition, it has been observed that routine exercise could be beneficial alongside medical and pharmaceutical treatment for those with peripheral neuropathy (a group of conditions in which the peripheral nervous system is damaged).2
It is important to be very careful when participating in activities and exercises to help relieve pain, as some suggestions found on the internet have the potential to make conditions worse. Always consult your GP or a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.
In general, exercises should be low-impact and should only be followed as far as they are comfortable. Here are some example exercises to help lower back and neck pain: