CHRONIC PAIN CURRENTLY AFFECTS ONE IN FIVE AUSTRALIANS OVER 45.
JUST AS WORRYING IS THAT MOST PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC PAIN HAVE ASSOCIATED CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS.

 

Today, Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne, EdgecliffMarrickvilleBella VistaRandwickPymbleBalmainNeutral Bay, Coburg – Melbourne, and Barrie, Ontario – Canada  discuss how exercise can help manage chronic pain and the associated health risks with long term pain and dysfunction.

Chronic pain affects one in five Australians over 45, but more worryingly is the associated health conditions with pain, the most prevalent being high blood pressure. Chronic pain is defined as a pain lasting for more than 3 months and past the natural physiological stages of tissue healing.

The most common question I have from clients looking to start an exercise program is, what exercise is the best to improve my pain? Strength training? Yoga? Swimming?

I recently had the opportunity to hear some about some valuable studies presented from UNSW and their team of Exercise Physiologists on the actual data on what type of exercise is best. The conclusion was that no ONE specific form (e.g. strength training or yoga) was more effective at reducing pain, but most importantly being active in any form to meet our physical activity guidelines was. The physical activity guidelines being 150mins of moderate intensity cardio exercise and 2 – 3 days of strength exercise per week.

 

The majority of people living with chronic pain are not meeting the Australian Physical Active Guidelines, leading to other long term health conditions.”

 

What can we do to help?

Our team at Longevity Exercise Physiology ensure that you have the most individualised program for yourself that best works around your chronic pain. Studies have also shown that some form of pain is OK during training too and is quite common. Our team of Exercise Physiologists will educate and guide you on what pain is safe with appropriate pacing of your exercise program. Here are some more ways we ensure you receive the most effective exercise program:

  • Individualised first assessment to review your strength, aerobic and mobility levels
  • Our one-hour sessions allow you to fully explain and allow us to understand your current pain levels and develop strategies to become more active
  • Tailored home programs are set outside of your one-on-one sessions with Exercise Physiologists, to ensure meeting the activity guidelines
  • The programs Longevity provide not only help to manage pain but in addition, address underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and heart conditions using specific types of exercises for these conditions. 

 

If you or someone you know needs help in managing their  chronic pain and improving other chronic health conditions, give Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne, EdgecliffMarrickvilleBella VistaRandwickPymbleBalmainNeutral Bay, Coburg – Melbourne, and Barrie, Ontario – Canada a call on 1300 964 002 today!

 

Written by Luke Dorizas

 

References:

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-disease/chronic-pain-in-australia/formats