To Exercise or Not to Exercise

Researchers in Belgium and Sweden have published a review of research that looks at why pain during exercise that has beneficial effects in healthy people and people with certain conditions is not beneficial in people with certain chronic pain conditions, including CFS. They write, “A recent systematic literature review showed a dysfunctional response of some patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain to exercise. Several populations of chronic pain patients are unable to activate central descending nociceptive inhibition (endogenous analgesia or EA) during exercise, a dysfunction partly explaining symptom flare following exercise.” They explain this abnormal response “might explain the low compliance with exercise interventions in chronic pain patients. Typically the early stages of exercise therapy are prone to dropouts.” (Pain Physician, July, 2012)

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