Did you know that aerobic exercise can help with anxiety, stress, depression, sleeplessness, and even chronic pain? When we exercise blood pumps through our body and into our muscles and at the same time, our brain releases endorphins. Endorphins can act as an analgesic (or pain reducer) as well as a sedative (producing a calm feeling), which is what many medications try to do, yet endorphins have no side effect!
Because of these benefits, I often will recommend that my patients participate in some form of aerobic exercise. This will look different based on their pain and condition, as well as their likes and dislikes. I would never recommend walking if someone detests it and therefore won’t follow through! We work together to find the right fit for their exercise program: what, how, how long, where and what next?
If you need guidance with managing chronic pain or creating an exercise program even with a dysfunction, please give me a call at 518-632-4944. I’d be happy to help you get your brain and your body feeling wonderful!
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