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Exercise Combats San Jose Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you experience chronic pain? You aren’t alone! Chronic pain can influence the mind and the body. Over 80% of retired NFL football players reported having pain daily. A recent questionnaire study of them revealed 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 some optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Chiropractic Solutions incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ San Jose chiropractic treatment plans!


Exercise benefits go beyond the physical body improvements. Exercise also improves the mind and outlook of a person in pain, particularly 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 documented that pain disability scores in the exercisers decreased 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 effect 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 reported that improved self-efficacy was linked to lowered disability whether they felt any decrease in pain intensity. They summarized that helping chronic pain patients improve 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 condition and cause pain which leads them to move less and have less optimism for ever being without pain. Research denoted that patients with longer periods with pain who stated greater self-efficacy and patients with higher pain disability and depression had lower self-efficacy. (4) Knowing this, we support our San Jose pain patients to be physical and not avoid living life! ’Better’ 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 associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even exacerbate it! What’s the answer? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers noted in a recent study that exercise programs combining several forms of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be more effective. Such arrangements are also more adaptable to a particular patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise performed two to three times a week for just 4 weeks 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) Chiropractic Solutions designs a strategy specially for each San Jose chiropractic patient.

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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 San Jose 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 Chiropractic Solutions. We’ll work together to reduce pain and fear of pain and improve your sense of independence and joy of life with chiropractic and exercise!

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