How Strength Training Can Help Manage Chronic Pain: An Overview
Chronic pain affects millions of people. A person’s quality of life can be seriously affected by chronic pain, regardless of whether it’s caused by an injury, a chronic illness, or an unknown source.
Medication, physical therapy, and surgery are all effective treatments for chronic pain, but strength training is often overlooked. Here’s why:
Strength training builds muscles
Building muscle helps support and protect your joints and bones. As weak muscles can worsen chronic pain, people with chronic pain need to strengthen their muscles.
Strength training increases flexibility and range of motion
Strength training can also improve flexibility and range of motion, which reduces pain and stiffness. By lengthening and strengthening muscles, strength training makes them more flexible and pliable.
Endorphins are released during strength training
Pain is reduced and happiness is promoted by endorphins, which are produced by the body. Strength training can reduce pain and improve mood by releasing endorphins.
Posture is improved by strength training
Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back can be caused by poor posture. Strength training helps improve posture by strengthening the muscles that support the spine and aligning it properly.
Inflammation is reduced by strength training
Inflammation is usually responsible for chronic pain, especially in conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. Strength training reduces inflammation in the body, which helps alleviate pain.
Sleep Can Be Improved by Strength Training
People with chronic pain often experience sleep disturbances, which can exacerbate their symptoms. Sleep quality can be improved by strength training because it promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and improves overall health.
You can use strength training to manage chronic pain in your clients as a MAT Specialist. They can manage pain, improve mobility, and improve quality of life by building muscle, improving flexibility and range of motion, releasing endorphins, improving posture, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep.
Strength training can help manage chronic pain. Strength training can benefit your clients if you incorporate it into their treatment plans. Strength training can relieve pain and stiffness, improve mobility and flexibility, and improve quality of life.