Exercise Combats Severna Park Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you experience chronic pain? You aren’t alone! Chronic pain can distress the mind and the body. Over 80% of retired NFL football players experience pain daily. A recent questionnaire study of them revealed that the greater the pain acceptance, the lower the pain intensity they experienced. (1) Accepting pain is hard though! Fortunately, so many studies show that some optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Back And Neck Care Center incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Severna Park chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits go beyond the physical body improvements. Exercise also improves the mind and outlook of a person in pain, particularly one dealing with chronic low back pain. At the end 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 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 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 lowered disability regardless of 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 be a positive! Fear-avoidance is a common problem for patients with pain. They don’t want to do anything to aggravate their pain and cause pain which leads them to move less and have less optimism for ever being without pain. Research showed that patients with longer episodes of pain who stated greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Knowing this, we support our Severna Park pain patients to be physical and not avoid living life! ’Better’ is coming!

EXERCISE: Time to Move!

And we all know it: physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle are not beneficial for us. Researchers even write that they are associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even heighten it! What is the answer? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers pointed out in a recent study that exercise programs that combine a variety of types of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be better. Such arrangements are also more adaptable to an individual patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise performed two to three times a week for just 4 weeks 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) Back And Neck Care Center works with each Severna Park chiropractic patient to make a plan just for him/her.

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

Schedule your Severna Park 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 Back And Neck Care Center. Let’s work together to decrease pain and fear of pain and raise your sense of independence and joy of life with chiropractic and exercise!

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