Dealing with chronic pain is not fun, so I've been researching stretching exercises to help build core strength, in addition to deep tissue massage. Finally, I am at a point where I can start exercising again. Here are a couple of programs I've been doing:
I began this program a couple years ago and didn't complete it, but did have fantastic results. I started out by only being able to do 6 modified push-ups. Gradually, I got to the point where I could do 35. Now I've started again and hope to complete the program. Into Week 3, I am able to do over 100 pushups broken up in to 5 sets. It's amazing how good my upper body feels after doing pushups. Doing pushups also helps with core strengthening. If you've never done push-ups before, give it a try. If I can do it, anyone can.
The next program is not high impact - but a slow way to get into an exercise routine which is just what I need. ACE's Kick-Start Workout. I didn't want to go straight into my old exercise routine which is a lot of cardio, but build up to that level and that is just what this does.
If nothing else, I am being proactive in getting my body in better shape and hopefully strengthening my core will help with the chronic pain issues.