Are there specific exercises that can help with pain relief?
When chronic pain flares, gentle exercise is a great painkiller. In this Health Smarts video, fitness expert, Mike Clark, DPT, explains how exercise releases endorphins for natural pain relief and shares the 3 best workouts to try.
Resistance training-- these workouts build joint-supporting muscles to reduce chronic pain. They include weights, resistance bands, water exercises, or even
your own body weight. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Hi. I'm Dr. Mike Clark with a surprising pain relief tip for you. If you have any type of chronic pain, exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing.
But it pays to move. Workouts can encourage your body to release endorphins, which act as natural painkillers.
Regular exercise also helps you manage your weight. This also is helpful because extra pounds tend to aggravate the pain.
Here are three options. Lower impact aerobic workouts. In one study, people with knee osteoarthritis
who participated in a walking program felt less pain after eight weeks. Stretching. Studies have found that yoga and Tai Chi
can enhance your flexibility and range of motion to soothe pain. Resistance training. These workouts build joint-supporting muscles
to reduce chronic pain. They include weights, resistance bands, water exercises, or even your own body weight.
Talk to your doctor to find out the best activities for you. [AUDIO LOGO]
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