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Exercise Combats Tonawanda Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you experience chronic pain? You’re not alone! Chronic pain can influence the mind and the body. Over 80% of retired NFL football players reported having pain daily. A recent questionnaire study of them noted that the greater the pain acceptance, the lower the pain intensity they had. (1) Accepting pain is hard though! Luckily, so many studies show that a little optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Tonawanda chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits extend beyond the physical body improvements. Exercise also enhances the mind and outlook of a person in pain, particularly one who has chronic low back pain. At the conclusion of a 3-month study of chronic low back pain patients who either exercised or didn’t, researchers found that pain disability scores in the exercisers decreased significantly more. In both groups, lowered pain scores connected to higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ increased disability reflected a beneficial influence on increased self-efficacy and pain relief. (2) Another study of 72 patients before treatment for their chronic pain and after 3 months of treatment found that improved self-efficacy was linked to lowered disability whether they felt any reduction in pain intensity. They summarized that helping chronic pain patients tweak their sense of self-efficacy could be a good way to help chronic pain patients cope with pain in addition to just relieving their pain. (3)


And an optimistic point of view toward pain can be a plus! Fear-avoidance is a not-too-unusual a problem for patients with pain. They don’t want to do anything to aggravate their condition and exacerbate pain which leads to less movement and less optimism for ever being without pain. Research denoted that patients with longer periods with pain who expressed greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Knowing this, we support our Tonawanda pain patients to be physical and keep living life! ’Better’ is coming!

EXERCISE: Time to Move!

And we all know it: physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle are bad for us. Researchers even write that they are associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even aggravate it! What’s the answer? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers noted in a new study that exercise programs combining several forms of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be more effective. Such combinations are also more flexible to a particular patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise done two to three times a week for just 4 weeks were shown to be of greatest benefit for chronic pain patients especially for those with spine pain conditions like chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. (5) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation formulates a plan expressly for each Tonawanda chiropractic patient.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kelly Brinkman on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she shares the effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Schedule your Tonawanda chiropractic appointment soon. Whether you’re a retired NFL player or NFL fan or neither of these, bring your chronic pain and worried mind to Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation. We’ll work together to decrease pain and fear of pain and improve your sense of independence and joy of life with chiropractic and exercise!

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