Study Shows Physical Activity Leads To Chronic Pain Reduction


Looking to have less chronic pain? Exercise more.

A new study, published in the journal Pain, found that older adults who are regularly physically active have lower risks of chronic pain. Scientists at Indiana University and Purdue University Indianapolis tracked 51 healthy adults, ages 60 to 77, with devices for one week. The participants also had two tests administered on them to measure their pain modulation. 

The researchers found that the adults who exercised vigorously or modestly had less overall pain production. Those who engaged in any form of exercise were better able to block out pain symptoms than those who did not.

The National Institutes of Health reports that 25 million Americans suffer from sort of chronic pain. To help combat this, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. This can include strength training, yoga, biking or even a brisk walk.