Chiari Malformation Community
Exercising with Chiari 1
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to Chiari Malformation and Living with Chiari Malformation.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Exercising with Chiari 1

I am wondering what many of you have been told about exercising pre-surgery.  I want to be as fit as possible but these stange feelings in my head (you know the ones) make me wonder whether over-doing it could upset the issues.

Heather  
Related Discussions
7 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
620923_tn?1393294254


Hi we do have a list of activities to avoid, and swimming and walking r 2 good ones along with a recumbent bike if u have access to one....exercise is always a good thing pre and post op as long as u do not over do it. Talk to ur dr to see what he feels is right for u as he knows ur current health condition.

  "selma"
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
The list of activities to avoid is very eye opening - makes you realize things you didn't before.  But don't avoid something just because it's on there...listen to your body.  If it hurts, don't do it.  Maybe keep a headache/symptom diary?  Helped me a lot...also helped my dr I think.

I originally tried walking, but that gives me headaches too...what a mess!  I started trying some simple yoga, avoiding most of the head movements though.  I think the resulting relaxation takes the edge off my headache, which is great, and the movements build & tone muscles.
Blank
1679858_tn?1346768781
Thanks for your responses! Yes Selma, I do have a recumbent bike. Thanks for reminding me of that, haha, and I do walk the dog a little.  I was actually thinking of Yoga; did it last summer and loved it (when I was symptom free as far as I knew), but you have to position yourself facing the floor a lot (downward dog, it's called) and I don't know if that is good right now.  You would think that putting your head downward would be good for the brains, maybe even force them back up a little, get the blood flowing, but I'm afraid it might just spell "headache".
Blank
620923_tn?1393294254

  There r some yoga positions that r not appropriate for a chiarian.Try other types of exercise that do not involve the neck.

   "selma"
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Very interesting subject...My symptoms worsen for about 30 minutes after working out but in the long run I feel better. I actually lift very heavy weights and figured I won't stop until I CANNOT do it anymore. I have no had surgery but I have visited 2 chiari specialists (Dr. Di - Dr. Ellenbogen) and both told me emphatically there is NO proven on any long term problems with exercising. They said sure it can cause temporary issues but both exclaimed that any Doctor indicated it can cause long term problems is speaking opinion.

I actually find that some of my symptoms get better with exercise.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I don't do anything that involves neck strain.  Most of the time I don't even turn my head!  Pick and choose which things you do.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Personally, I think exercise is so important to keep our bodies working correctly. We chiari people are already at a disadvantage as far as that goes, so I think it's especially important for us to be as active as we can (keeping in mind our personal limitations). I like to walk, swim, and hike. I can't swim laps anymore without a swimmer's snorkel because I cannot repeatedly turn my head to breathe. But the snorkel makes it possible to swim laps pain and strain-free! I highly recommend getting one, swimming is a wonderful total body exercise. No impact, cardio, AND strength rolled into one.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Chiari Malformation Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
How to Silence Your Inner Critic an...
Apr 16 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eaters: How to Silence Yo...
Mar 26 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
1344197_tn?1392822771
Blank
Vaginal vs. Laparoscopic Hysterecto...
Feb 19 by J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVMBlank
Top Neurology Answerers
620923_tn?1393294254
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
5640779_tn?1375816966
Blank
desertstorm2009
AZ
1667208_tn?1333111449
Blank
zygy2
NH
992677_tn?1337358095
Blank
ChiariWolf
OH
1891806_tn?1391122637
Blank
hevnw8s
Peoria, AZ
4816750_tn?1368808270
Blank
frankie_rush
New Tazewell, TN