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Exercising non-painful muscles can induce hypoalgesia in individuals with chronic pain


Tags: chronic pain, exercise, pain problems, self-treatment, treatment

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Almost 40 years ago, Black et al. published the first article on the effect of physical exercise on pain sensitivity in humans illustrating that a period of running significantly reduced the pain sensitivity. This phenomenon also known as ‘exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH)’ is now well established in pain-free subjects, and it is typically demonstrated as reduced pain sensitivity in response to exercise. Recently, the influence of different types of exercises as well as the mechanisms underlying EIH has been investigated.

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