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Can exercise help with chronic pain?

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When you exercise, your body makes endorphins. These are brain chemicals that help improve your mood while also blocking pain signals.

Exercise has another pain-reducing effect: It strengthens muscles, which helps prevent re-injury and more pain.

Plus, exercise can help keep your weight down and lower your risk of heart disease. It can also control blood sugar levels, which is especially important if you have diabetes.

From: 11 Tips for Living With Chronic Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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UpToDate: "Overview of the treatment of chronic pain."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need to Know."

Salahadin Abdi, MD, chief of pain medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Living With Chronic Pain;" "Relaxation Techniques;" "Pain Management: Alternative Therapy;" "Diabetes: Smoking Cessation Tips;" "Pain Management: Psychological Therapy;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: Pain Relief from Acupuncture, Meditation, Hypnosis, and Relaxation Techniques;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: The Benefits of Exercise & Diet;" and "Coping With the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Overview of the treatment of chronic pain."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need to Know."

Salahadin Abdi, MD, chief of pain medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Living With Chronic Pain;" "Relaxation Techniques;" "Pain Management: Alternative Therapy;" "Diabetes: Smoking Cessation Tips;" "Pain Management: Psychological Therapy;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: Pain Relief from Acupuncture, Meditation, Hypnosis, and Relaxation Techniques;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: The Benefits of Exercise & Diet;" and "Coping With the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 14, 2018

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