Exercise Combats Oxford Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you experience chronic pain? You’re not alone! Chronic pain can impact the mind and the body. Over 80% of retired NFL football players experience 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 hard though! Fortunately, study after study shows that a tad bit of optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Satterwhite Chiropractic incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Oxford 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 who has chronic low back pain. At the conclusion of a 3-month study of chronic low back pain patients who either exercised or did not, researchers found that pain disability scores in the exercisers decreased significantly more. In both groups, reduced pain scores connected to higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ improved disability showed a beneficial impact 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 lowered disability regardless of any decrease in pain intensity. They summarized that helping chronic pain patients tweak 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 outlook toward pain can be a plus! Fear-avoidance is a not-too-unusual a problem for patients with pain. They do not want to do anything to worsen their pain and cause pain which leads to less movement and less optimism for ever being without pain. Research denoted that patients with longer episodes of pain who expressed greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Understanding this, we support our Oxford pain patients to be physical and keep living life! ’Better’ is coming!

EXERCISE: Time to Move!

And we all know it: physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle are not beneficial for us. Researchers go so far as to write that they are linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even aggravate it! What’s the solution? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers pointed out in a new study that exercise programs that combine several types of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be more effective. Such arrangements are also more adaptable to an individual patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise done two to three times a week for a month were found 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic works with each Oxford chiropractic patient to formulate 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 details the effectiveness of the gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Make your Oxford chiropractic appointment now. Whether you’re a retired NFL player or NFL fan or neither of these, bring your chronic pain and worried mind to Satterwhite Chiropractic. We’ll 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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