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Exercise Combats Largo Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you have chronic pain? You aren’t 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 experienced. (1) Accepting pain is hard though! Luckily, so many studies show that a little optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Hollstrom & Associates Inc incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ Largo chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits extend beyond the physical body improvements. Exercise also enhances the mind and outlook of a person in pain, especially one dealing with 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 dropped significantly more. In both groups, lowered pain scores correlated with higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ increased disability reflected a positive influence 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 decreased disability whether they felt any decrease in pain intensity. They concluded 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 attitude toward pain can be a positive! Fear-avoidance is a common problem for patients with pain. They do not want to do anything to worsen their pain and cause pain which leads them to move less and have less optimism for ever being without pain. Research indicated that patients with longer periods with pain who expressed greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Understanding this, we support our Largo pain patients to be active and keep living life! Improvement 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 exacerbate it! What’s the solution? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers pointed out in a new study that exercise programs combining several types of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be more effective. Such combinations are also more adaptable to an individual patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise performed two to three times a week for a month were demonstrated 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) Hollstrom & Associates Inc works with each Largo chiropractic patient to make a plan 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.

Schedule your Largo chiropractic appointment now. Whether you are a retired NFL player or NFL fan or neither of these, bring your chronic pain and worried mind to Hollstrom & Associates Inc. 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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