Exercise Combats Manchester Chronic Pain and Related Distress

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


Exercise benefits extend beyond the physical body improvements. Exercise also improves the mind and outlook of a person in pain, especially one dealing with 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 fell significantly more. In both groups, reduced pain scores connected to higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ increased disability showed a beneficial impact 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 decrease of pain intensity. They concluded 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 positive! Fear-avoidance is a common problem for patients with pain. They do not want to do anything to worsen their pain and cause pain which leads them to move less and have less optimism for a life without pain. Research indicated that patients with longer periods with pain who stated greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Understanding this, we encourage our Manchester pain patients to be active and keep living life! Improvement is just around the corner!

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 heighten it! What is the solution? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers explained in a new study that exercise programs combining several types of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be more effective. Such arrangements are also more flexible to an individual patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise done two to three times a week for just 4 weeks were found to be of greatest benefit for chronic pain patients particularly for those with spine pain conditions like chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. (5) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries formulates a strategy expressly for each Manchester 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 effectiveness of the gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Schedule your Manchester chiropractic appointment today. Whether you’re a retired NFL player or NFL fan or neither of these, bring your chronic pain and worried mind to Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries. Let’s 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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