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Exercise Combats Auburn Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you experience chronic pain? You’re not alone! Chronic pain can work on the mind and the body. Over 80% of retired NFL football players reported having pain daily. A recent questionnaire study of them revealed that the greater the pain acceptance, the lower the pain intensity they had. (1) Accepting pain is hard though! Luckily, study after study shows that some optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Auburn chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits go 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 documented that pain disability scores in the exercisers fell significantly more. In both groups, lowered pain scores correlated with higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ improved disability showed a positive effect 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 associated with decreased disability whether they felt any reduction in pain intensity. They summarized that helping chronic pain patients raise their sense of self-efficacy could be an effective addition to the treatment of chronic pain patients beyond just pain relief. (3)


And an optimistic outlook toward pain can help! Fear-avoidance is a not-too-unusual a problem for patients with pain. They do not want to do anything to provoke their condition and exacerbate pain which leads to less movement and less optimism for ever being without pain. Research indicated that patients with longer episodes of pain who expressed greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Knowing this, we encourage our Auburn pain patients to be physical 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 not good for us. Researchers go so far as to write that they are associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even exacerbate it! What is the solution? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers pointed out in a recent study that exercise programs combining several forms of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be better. Such arrangements are also more adaptable to a particular patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise done two to three times a week for a month were shown 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) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. designs a plan specially for each Auburn 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 details the effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Schedule your Auburn chiropractic appointment soon. Whether you are a retired NFL player or NFL fan or neither of these, bring your chronic pain and worried mind to Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.. Let’s work together to reduce pain and fear of pain and increase your sense of independence and joy of life with chiropractic and exercise!

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