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Exercise Combats Murfreesboro Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you experience chronic pain? You are not 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 experienced. (1) Accepting pain is a challenge though! Fortunately, so many studies show that a tad bit of optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Most Chiropractic Clinic incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Murfreesboro chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits go beyond the physical body improvements. Exercise also enhances the mind and outlook of a person in pain, especially 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 found 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 reflected a beneficial influence 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 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 a good way to help chronic pain patients cope with pain in addition to just relieving their pain. (3)


And an optimistic attitude toward pain can help! Fear-avoidance is a common problem for patients with pain. They do not want to do anything to worsen their pain and exacerbate pain which leads to less movement and less optimism for ever being 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) Knowing this, we encourage our Murfreesboro pain patients to be active and not avoid 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 go so far as to write that they are linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even exacerbate it! What’s the solution? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers explained in a new study that exercise programs combining several forms of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be better. Such combinations are also more flexible to an individual patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise done two to three times a week for a month were demonstrated 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) Most Chiropractic Clinic works with each Murfreesboro chiropractic patient to make 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 shares the effectiveness of the gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Schedule your Murfreesboro 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 Most Chiropractic Clinic. Let’s work together to reduce pain and fear of pain and raise your sense of independence and joy of life with chiropractic and exercise!

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