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Exercise Reduces Pain

Exercise Reduces Pain

Did you know that exercise can help to reduce your pain?

When we have pain we tend to stop moving, thinking that it will get better if we rest. However, if you go for a walk you can get better quicker. Do you know why?

There is a phenomenon in the body called exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH). In other words, the body has a natural pain relief system that is activated when we do physical activity. Studies have shown that a single session of aerobic, resistance or isometric exercise can reduce pain sensitivity in the body. By practising regular physical activity (2 to 3 times a week) you can prevent musculoskeletal pain.

  • How does it work?

The body has a descending pain inhibition mechanism, called the opioid system. When we exercise, our nervous system releases opioids (analgesic substances) that inhibit the pain. Therefore, it is equivalent to taking a painkiller but without having the side effects of the medication. In addition, the nervous system releases endorphins during physical activity, which give us a sensation of relaxation and happiness. 

  • If I am too sore, what should I do?

You can choose exercises that are low impact, low intensity and exercise other areas of the body that are not painful. If you have a sore neck, for example, you can go for a walk or use the cross-trainer at the gym to keep the body moving. Alternatively, you can do lighter exercises such as yoga and stretches, to help reduce sensitivity in the body.

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If you are experiencing pain exercise does not relieve the highly qualified Physiotherapists at Mount Lawley Physiotherapy and Podiatry can help you!

Get in contact now by booking online at www.mountlawleyphysioandpod.com.au or call us on (08) 9271 8805

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