A new study in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, has found that those who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) may fell an increase in pain with acute exercise, but over the long-term, exercise has the opposite outcome and reduces pain.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin tested levels of experimental pain sensitivity in Gulf War veterans that suffered from CMP similar to fibromyalgia and compared the results with healthy soldiers.
Although the vets reported greater, more intense leg pain during initial exercise sessions, regular exercise over the long-term appeared to reduce the pain threshold. In addition, regular exercise is critical for reducing the risk of long-term disability and mood disorders.
Remember Exercise is Medicine! Exercise is also a valuable method along with physical therapy when managing chronic pain. Exercise increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Breathe deep and find a pain management specialist nearest you to start your pain management wellness program.