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Exercise Combats Toronto Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you experience chronic pain? You’re not alone! Chronic pain can work on the mind and the body. Over 80% of retired NFL football players reported having pain daily. A recent questionnaire study of them found that the greater the pain acceptance, the lower the pain intensity they had. (1) Accepting pain is a challenge though! Fortunately, study after study shows that some optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Toronto chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits extend beyond the physical body improvements. Exercise also improves the mind and outlook of a person in pain, particularly 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 didn’t, researchers documented that pain disability scores in the exercisers dropped significantly more. In both groups, reduced pain scores connected to higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ improved disability reflected 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 reduction of pain intensity. They concluded that helping chronic pain patients raise their sense of self-efficacy could be an effective addition to the treatment of chronic pain patients beyond just pain relief. (3)


And an optimistic point of view toward pain can help! Fear-avoidance is a common problem for patients with pain. They do not want to do anything to worsen their pain and exacerbate pain which leads to less movement and less optimism for ever being without pain. Research showed that patients with longer episodes of pain who stated greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Knowing this, we encourage our Toronto pain patients to be physical and not avoid 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 heighten it! What’s the solution? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers pointed out in a recent study that exercise programs combining several types of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be better. Such combinations are also more adaptable to a particular patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise performed two to three times a week for a month 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) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre works with each Toronto chiropractic patient to design 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 describes the effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating chronic back pain.

Make your Toronto 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 Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. We’ll work together to decrease pain and fear of pain and improve your sense of independence and joy of life with chiropractic and exercise!

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