Doing regular exercise may increase your pain tolerance: Study
Adults who stay physically active have a far higher tolerance for pain compared to those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One.
“This resonates with the idea that a sedentary lifestyle has a detrimental impact on health in general. The results further indicate that a change to or away from being sedentary yielded higher effect estimates than remaining sedentary,” the researchers wrote.
These findings are similar to previous studies that found that those who suffer from chronic pain experienced some pain relief after becoming physically active.
In fact, one of the most common medical advice for chronic pain, other than prescribing ibuprofen, is exercising.
To investigate further on how exercising can benefit people living with chronic pain, Anders Årnes from the University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, and colleagues, assessed the data of more than 10,000 adults who had participated in a Norwegian population survey study.
“Becoming or staying physically active over time can benefit your pain tolerance. Whatever you do, the most important thing is that you do something,” the researchers concluded.
The leading causes of chronic pain are rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, stomach ulcers, cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and gallbladder diseases.
Chronic pain is a lot more common among women, those living in poverty and older adults. Treatment for chronic pain still remains largely inaccessible — particularly for lower socioeconomic groups and other marginalized patients.