When you’re suffering persistent or continual pain, the last thing you might want to do is embark on an exercise program. Over the last quarter century, though, more and more health professionals have found that a carefully-managed regimen of progressive exercise can diminish the consequences of chronic pain, in both the short and long term. Furthermore, a consistent exercise program can reduce depression, improve stamina, and minimize the risk of weight fluctuations.
The Release of Endorphins
One of the principal benefits of any type of exercise routine is the natural release of endorphins by the body. Endorphins are hormones secreted by the brain and nervous system that activate your body’s opiate receptors, thereby masking or reducing pain. Your body can release endorphins after even a single workout.
The Different Types of Exercise Programs
Exercises fall into two categories:
- Aerobic—those you can sustain for a long period of time, such as running, walking, or swimming. Aerobic exercise is typically associated with weight loss and management, which can reduce pain by minimizing pressure on joints and connective tissue.
- Anaerobic—those that generally involve a short burst of physical activity, such as throwing or hitting a ball, lifting weights, or running a sprint. Anaerobic exercises help build muscle, providing greater support for joints and other body parts that may be prone to chronic pain.
Recommended Exercises for Chronic Pain
The following have all been effectively utilized to help people manage chronic pain:
- Strength and resistance training
- Aquatic exercises
- Balance training
- Tai chi
- Motor control or flexibility training
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have the knowledge and experience to help you formulate and implement a progressive exercise program to manage chronic pain. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio.