Can staying active help to prevent chronic pain? Physical activity affects pain modulation in older adults

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The older you get the more your joints start to ache and hurt. You can prevent this by being an active senior! Staying on your feet and/or keeping busy has been proven to keep the pain at bay. Just like the old saying ” use it or lose it” proves to be true. Use your joints and muscles frequently and you will not be as sore as you could be. It will also sharpen your mind!

Key Takeaways:

  • The ability to regulate and block pain is closely related to rate of physical activity.
  • People with chronic pain symptoms have dysregulated pain modulation systems in their body.
  • With further research, it may be possible to match different kinds of pain dysregulation to activities that will help regulate pain correctly for that condition.

“In other words, older adults who did more moderate to vigorous physical activity perceived less facilitation of pain, while those who did at least some activity were better able to block pain perceptions.”

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