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Exercise Combats Manahawkin Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you have chronic pain? You are not 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 noted that the greater the pain acceptance, the lower the pain intensity they experienced. (1) Accepting pain is hard though! Luckily, so many studies show that a tad bit of optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Manahawkin Chiropractic Center incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Manahawkin chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits go beyond the physical body improvements. Exercise also improves 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 connected to higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ improved disability showed a beneficial 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 reported that improved self-efficacy was linked to decreased disability regardless of any decrease in pain intensity. They summarized that helping chronic pain patients improve 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 be a positive! Fear-avoidance is a not-too-unusual a problem for patients with pain. They do not want to do anything to aggravate their pain and cause pain which leads to less movement and less optimism for ever being without pain. Research showed that patients with longer periods with pain who expressed greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Understanding this, we encourage our Manahawkin 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 bad for us. Researchers even write that they are associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even aggravate it! What is the answer? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers noted in a recent study that exercise programs combining a variety of forms of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be more effective. Such arrangements are also more flexible to an individual patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise performed two to three times a week for a month were demonstrated to be of greatest benefit for chronic pain patients especially for those with spine pain conditions like chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. (5) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center works with each Manahawkin chiropractic patient to formulate 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 effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Schedule your Manahawkin chiropractic appointment today. Whether you are a retired NFL player or NFL fan or neither of these, bring your chronic pain and worried mind to Manahawkin Chiropractic Center. We’ll work together to decrease pain and fear of pain and increase your sense of independence and joy of life with chiropractic and exercise!

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