Exercise as Medicine: Exercise Reduces Nerve Related Pain

Posted: February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
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***Athletic Medicine HAS MOVED***

How many of you suffer or know someone who suffers from chronic nerve related (neuropathic ) pain? Some of the most common types include: sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, radiculopathy/itis, stenosis, migraines, compression syndromes, or peripheral neuropathy. Now, how many of these individuals are stuck taking medication like; antidepressants, anticonvulsants, or painkillers like opiates or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications?

I have witnessed several incidents of individuals suffering from chronic pain getting stuck in the vicious cycle of medication. Take one medication to relieve inflammation, another to reduce pain, another to depress nerve action, then compound this with taking additional medications to control the side effects (i.e. acid reflux, sleep deprivation, constipation, etc).

I have always been in favor of the holistic approach to health. Let the body heal itself with exercise as medicine, diet or natural remedies. Earlier this year a study was published in Anesthesia and Analgesia, which talks about the benefit…

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