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How Exercise Reduces Pain

October 01, 2021 | Pain Relief

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There’s nothing better than sinking into your couch and feeling your aches and pains melt away into the cushions. You may even believe that it’s the best thing you could do for your hurting body. But you’d be wrong.Though some conditions call for bed rest, many can be helped by getting off the couch and moving. More and more, researchers and doctors recommend exercise and daily activity and even make it a foundation of their treatment plans.Here, Dr. Neel Amin, our pain management specialist, takes a closer look at how pain responds positively to regular exercise and how you can get started today.

Exercise for pain management

When done correctly and consistently, movement can be the best medicine. Even the simplest exercises effectively reduce pain by:

  • Enhancing strength
  • Boosting joint health
  • Improving functionality
  • Helping control weight
  • Stimulating blood flow
  • Reducing inflammation

Beyond the physical, exercise also reduces pain by triggering a positive chemical reaction. During activity, your hypothalamus and pituitary glands release hormones called endorphins.

The word endorphin comes from the words “endogenous” (from the body) and “morphine” (an opioid pain reliever). These naturally sourced chemicals work similarly to common opioid drugs, relieving pain and producing a feeling of euphoria. But they do it without the risk of addiction that comes with prescriptions.

Not only that, but because exercise is a noninvasive, prescription-free pain management method, it combines flawlessly with other treatments Dr. Amin may prescribe.

Mind your mechanics

Exercise is nothing (and it can even be detrimental) if you don’t have the proper mechanics. Whether you’re running, lifting, walking, or swimming, all activities require sound body positioning to be effective, so it’s important to check in with your posture while you perform any activity.

We also recommend that you invest in shoes and other equipment that will support your body as you move and help you make any necessary modifications.

Do what works for you

Not everyone can be a cross trainer, especially when you add pain into the mix. That’s why we take into account your interests, abilities, and pain levels when recommending exercise programs.

Simple, low-impact activities like water aerobics, walking, yoga, and bike riding can go a long way in helping you relieve pain and become healthier. Do your best to avoid high-impact exercises and sports like running and basketball that jeopardize your progress and put you at risk for further injury.

Don’t forget to stretch

Not only is stretching one of the best ways to prepare your body before a workout, but it also promotes strength, circulation, and flexibility, all of which are key to relieving pain through exercise.

So whether you’re dealing with back pain or fibromyalgiaarthritis or neuropathy, we want to help you discover a pain-free life through exercise. If you’d like more information, don’t hesitate to request an appointment online or over the phone at our East Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office today.