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

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

original abstract Abstracts here may not perfectly match originals, for a variety of technical and practical reasons. Some abstacts are truncated for my purposes here, if they are particularly long-winded and unhelpful. I occasionally add clarifying notes. And I make some minor corrections.

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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