While there are various treatments available to manage arthritis pain, exercise-induced analgesia is an effective and natural way to alleviate arthritis pain.
What is Exercise-Induced Analgesia?
Exercise-induced analgesia is a wonderful thing. It is a natural pain-relieving mechanism that occurs during or after exercise. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers that block pain signals from reaching the brain. This is something I experience personally EVERY time I go to the gym! Pain rating pre workout, 6, pain rating post workout, 3!
Benefits of Exercise-Induced Analgesia for Arthritis
When done right, exercise helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. Also, the release of endorphins during exercise can help to block pain signals from reaching the brain. This can be either cardio or weight lifting exercise.
Improves Joint Function
Regular exercise helps to improve joint function, increasing flexibility, range of motion, and strength in the muscles surrounding the joint. This can improve mobility and allow for a better quality of life as well as guarding against future flares.
Endurance exercises, like walking, cycling, swimming etc improve cardiovascular health and increase stamina. This can be particularly beneficial for people with arthritis like us who may experience fatigue. By increasing endurance, exercise can help to combat fatigue and improve overall energy levels. Winner!
Can Delay the Progression of Arthritis
Exercise may delay the progression of arthritis by strengthening the muscles surrounding the joint. Regular exercise can also help to maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce the strain on the joints.
Overall, exercise induced analgesia is a magical phenomenon that where possible, she be capitalised upon to improve quality of life, strengthen joints and muscles and protect against future arthritis flares!
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