Exercising for Pain Relief

Hi, I’m just here to repost articles this week, apparently. A friend of mine posted this on FB, and you should definitely read it:

Running as Pain Relief

The basic premise is that any exercise, not just running, that you do vigorously, will result in reduced perception of pain.

Anecdotally speaking (which is all I can do) I have definitely found this to be true for me. I exercise, hard, 5-6 days a week lately because it keeps the pain in my shoulder, back, and neck at bay. That’s worthwhile, for me, just for the pain reduction alone. I spend 30 minutes working out super hard, and I have less pain. But the catch seems to be that you have to work hard. Moderate exercise won’t do it. This is also in line with my experience. Now, obviously, if you are dealing with chronic pain due to an exercise-limiting condition or injury, this advice is no good. But if there’s nothing preventing you…why not give it a shot?

So, do you get the same effect from exercise? Do you exercise regularly partly because of it?

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