RESEARCH UPDATE: Exercise may reduce perception of pain

New post published by the New York Times this week highlights how exercise may reduce perception of pain. The post focuses on a new study published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. In this study, researchers found that people who exercised had less perception of pain when a stimulus was applied to their arm compared to people who did not exercise. See the full article in the New York Times Here!

Aerobic exercise is often something we recommend here at Proaxis Pelvic PT for men and women struggling with chronic pelvic pain, and many do find it to be helpful. What do you think? Have you found exercise helpful in reducing your pain? Let us know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “RESEARCH UPDATE: Exercise may reduce perception of pain

  1. TheCyclist August 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

    The importance of exercise cannot be understated, but unfortunately for me, no amount of exercise diminished my chronic pelvic pain (CPP). My pain was multidimensional and was aggravated by sitting, which made sitting at work, driving, and cycling (my favorite workout activity) very difficult. Only after 4 solid months of PT was I able to begin to tolerate sitting. During that time, walking and elliptical workouts were easy to tolerate but never relieved my CPP. Eight months after my first PT appointment I am now able to enjoy cycling again and can sit at work and in my car for longer periods. I agree with the premise that working-out (training) does increase our tolerance level for pain, but based on my experience, I cannot agree that simply any ole aerobic activity helps relieve CPP. I believe my pain threshold was pretty high before my episode with CPP as I cycled 6-8 hours a week and never really seemed to hurt, but after an incident on the bike that did leave me hurting it was as if my pain threshold was reset to zero! The PT I received at Proaxis was very helpful in resolving my pain and helping me re-gain/re-train my pain tolerance. I seem to have a greater tolerance for cycling than I do elliptical training. I find it easier to maintain a higher heart rate for a longer period of time cycling than I can on the elliptical machine.

    • proaxispelvicpt August 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm Reply

      Hi there- thank you for your comment. I am so glad that working with your PT helped you in recovering from your chronic pain.

      I absolutely agree with you that in certain cases, specific aerobic exercises may not be indicated. As with anything, there is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to exercising. By no means do any of us who practice in the field of pelvic pain rehabilitation believe that “any ole aerobic activity” relieves pelvic pain. I believe that doing the right aerobic exercises can be helpful components of treatment when it is indicated for the right person. I have had patients who are extremely inactive and have found beginning a walking program, or participating in light yoga as helpful pieces to facilitate what we are working on in PT. For you, it sounds like you were already very active, and cycling in particular, can be painful for people experiencing CPP. I am glad that now you are able to return to what you love! Glad we could be a part of your recovery!

      Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

  2. TheCyclist August 21, 2014 at 11:58 am Reply

    Well said Jessica. I can agree with those statements. I listened and learned A LOT from my PT at Proaxis. Thank you for all you do to help CPP patients!

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