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Exercise Combats La Grande Chronic Pain and Related Distress

Do you have chronic pain? You are not 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 had. (1) Accepting pain is hard though! Fortunately, so many studies show that a tad bit of optimism and physical activity improves pain and optimism. For these and more reasons, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC incorporates exercise into our chronic back pain patients’ La Grande 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 end 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 dropped significantly more. In both groups, reduced pain scores correlated with higher self-efficacy scores (feelings of independence). Chronic low back pain exercisers’ improved disability showed a positive influence 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 found that improved self-efficacy was associated with decreased disability regardless of any reduction 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 be a plus! 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 to less movement and less optimism for a life without pain. Research indicated 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) Understanding this, we support our La Grande pain patients to be physical and keep living life! Improvement is coming!

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 linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain and can even exacerbate it! What is the answer? Physical exercise, of course. Researchers explained in a recent study that exercise programs that combine a variety of types of exercise – flexibility, balance, aerobic, strengthening – tend to be better. Such combinations are also more flexible to an individual patient’s issues. Light-to-moderate intensity exercise done two to three times a week for a month were demonstrated to be of greatest benefit for chronic pain patients particularly for those with spine pain conditions like chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. (5) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC works with each La Grande chiropractic patient to make a strategy just for him/her.

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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.

Make your La Grande chiropractic appointment today. Whether you’re a retired NFL player or NFL fan or neither of these, bring your chronic pain and worried mind to Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC. Let’s work together to reduce pain and fear of pain and increase your sense of independence and joy of life with chiropractic and exercise!

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