The following health advantages of exercise for those with chronic pain:
- Better sleep. Poor sleep has been connected to higher pain thresholds in people with chronic pain. Exercise alters the fight-or-flight response while calming the nervous system and fostering relaxation.
- A happier mood and less anxiety and stress. Your ability to release and respond to “feel good” hormones and neurotransmitters that are produced naturally (like dopamine) can improve. These function similarly to some commonly prescribed painkillers and can lessen reliance on those drugs.
- Expanded capacity for pain and pain desensitization. Even one brief exercise session, such as a brisk 20-minute walk, can reduce pain for 20 to 30 minutes after the workout. Exercise regularly can help people tolerate pain better and resume activities that have been put on hold or limited by pain.
- Enhanced immune response. Through increased circulation and modifications in immune system activity, exercise reduces systemic inflammation. Increased inflammation, which is common in many chronic conditions, encourages pain and depressive symptoms.
Through the combined effects of numerous favorable changes in the body, brain, and nervous system that enhance physical and psychological well-being, exercise is an effective and advantageous treatment for persistent pain. Most importantly, physical activity and exercise can be risk-free and minimize the negative effects and side effects of some medications and treatments that are frequently used to treat chronic pain.