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Exercise Combats Ashburn Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you have chronic pain? You aren’t alone! Chronic pain can distress the mind and the body. Over 80% of retired NFL football players reported having 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 a challenge though! Luckily, so many studies show that some optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Ashburn chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits extend 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 conclusion 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 decreased significantly more. In both groups, lowered pain scores correlated with higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ increased 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 documented that improved self-efficacy was linked to decreased disability whether they felt any decrease in pain intensity. They concluded 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 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 provoke 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 expressed greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Knowing this, we support our Ashburn 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 linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even exacerbate it! What is 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 combinations are also more flexible to a particular 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 especially for those with spine pain conditions like chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. (5) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn designs a strategy specially for each Ashburn 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 shares the effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Make your Ashburn 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 Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn. 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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