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How can exercise help chronic pain?

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Although resting for short periods can help with pain, too much rest may actually make it worse and put you at greater risk of injury. Research has shown that regular exercise can ease pain long term by improving muscle tone, strength, and flexibility. Exercise may also cause a release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Some exercises are easier for certain chronic pain sufferers to do than others. Try swimming, biking, walking, rowing, and yoga.

From: Pain Management: Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Spine Center, The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Chronic Pain Network. WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain." WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Botox to Treat Chronic Migraines."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 24, 2017

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Spine Center, The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Chronic Pain Network. WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain." WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Botox to Treat Chronic Migraines."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 24, 2017

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