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Exercise Combats Millville Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you have chronic pain? You aren’t 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! Fortunately, study after study shows that some optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Wilson Family Chiropractic incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Millville 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 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 documented that pain disability scores in the exercisers decreased significantly more. In both groups, reduced pain scores correlated with 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 associated with decreased disability whether they felt any decrease 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 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 worsen their condition and exacerbate pain which leads them to move less and have less optimism for a life without pain. Research denoted 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 Millville pain patients to be active and keep living life! Improvement is coming!

EXERCISE: Time to Move!

And we all know it: physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle are not good for us. Researchers even write that they are linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even exacerbate it! What’s the answer? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers pointed out in a recent study that exercise programs combining a variety of types of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be more effective. Such arrangements are also more flexible to a particular patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise performed 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) Wilson Family Chiropractic works with each Millville chiropractic patient to formulate a strategy 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 details the effectiveness of the gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Make your Millville 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 Wilson Family Chiropractic. We’ll 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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