If you suffer from chronic back pain, you likely need to spend more time at home than most people. This isn’t because you’re lazy or a recluse—you simply need time to rest and recover. But due to this time spent at home, you may feel isolated from friends and family members.

1. Join a walking group

Low-impact aerobic exercise is part of most chronic pain treatment plans. So if you already need to be exercising, why not join in with others who are doing the same thing?

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You can likely find a walking group in your area by way of a quick internet search, and you can also try contacting a local senior center or park district. In addition to the new friends you are likely to meet, you may also find relief from your back pain. This is because walking both spurs the release of pain-fighting endorphins and encourages the flow of healing oxygen and nutrients.

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Don’t sweat it if you are not able to keep up with the rest of your walking group at first. Like anything worth doing, it can take time to build up your walking endurance. So don’t over-exert yourself—instead gradually increase your walking time and distance.

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2 Take advantage of the Spine-health forums

The forums on the Spine-health website are very popular, and many people use them as a place to share tips for coping with their various ailments. But our forums are also a great place to share your emotional struggles with chronic back pain, and to find support and encouragement if you are feeling lonely.

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