September is National Pain Awareness Month


The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) declared this month in 2001 to “raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management”.

Did you know that 80% of the population suffer from neck or back pain? It’s true, and a high number of this group live in some form of daily chronic pain.

Job injuries contribute to this number, and there are high risk occupations such as construction and nursing. However not all pain is due to jobs with demanding physical activity. In addition, not all pain is brought on by some sort of personal accident.

The cause of pain include a wide range of factors, however the treatment for pain and pain management techniques are widely available today. Some include; Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, TENS units, Chiropractic, Medications, and even everyday ordinary exercise can help to alleviate pain.

Doctors used to suggest bed rest for back and other types chronic pain. More recently, studies have found that people who exercise and stay flexible will manage their pain better than those who don’t. “Exercise improves your pain threshold” says Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, vice president with Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, AL.

It is best to check with your doctor for your particular exercise program, but keep moving. Whatever you choose; walking, swimming, yoga or another form of exercise, movement keeps your joints lubricated and more flexible. Exercise keeps your muscles stronger, and staying active is good for your mental health as well.

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