Exercise Changes Pain Modulation in the Brain

Exer­cise is the best anti­de­pres­sant and anal­gesic that’s ever been invent­ed,” said Dr. Bene­dict Kol­ber of the Chron­ic Pain Research Con­sor­tium.

Dr. Kol­ber was mod­er­at­ing a pan­el at the annu­al meet­ing of the Amer­i­can Pain Soci­ety. His remarks were in response to the lat­est research find­ings – that mod­er­ate exer­cise reduces pain inten­si­ty in fibromyal­gia suf­fer­ers while boost­ing the metab­o­lism of key pain-mod­u­lat­ing brain regions.

He con­tin­ued, “But these patients don’t want to exer­cise. It hurts for them to move. That’s the chal­lenge. Even­tu­al­ly it won’t hurt, but you have to get over that hump.”

That’s why the right exer­cise plan, along with the added sup­port of skilled man­u­al ther­a­py, is essen­tial for those with fibromyal­gia or chron­ic pain. Mod­est efforts may be all that can be tol­er­at­ed to begin with. But it’s impor­tant to take the first steps.

With time, your tol­er­ance of exer­cise will increase, and the brain path­ways that damp­en your expe­ri­ence of pain will be strength­ened, too.

At the same time, reg­u­lar treat­ment with Neu­ro­Tac­tile Ther­a­py or anoth­er form of man­u­al ther­a­py can help keep pain lev­els under con­trol while allow­ing for a grad­u­al­ly more active lifestyle.

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

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