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Updates to the definition of pain and how it can help your exercise

May 29, 2019

Chronic pain and under-performing muscles can slow down our exercise and age us faster. Exercise – and specifically strength training – has the power to improve muscle mass and joints. Muscle mass is the number one measurement of quality of life for adults, but we rarely discuss it in the context of functional aging and exercise.

Many people are told to work around old injuries, limit themselves and fear the oncoming repeats.  Connecting the dots between muscle mass, the new findings of Pain Science, and finding exercises that work just for an individual's unique body will give us possibilities to challenge ourselves despite old injuries.

This episode includes a lot of interesting information about the new developments in how movement pain should be treated and how we can start to explain that joint damage and pain-free exercise can co-exist.Things you’ll learn in this episode:

  • It’s possible that your pain can increase by the things that you encounter on a daily basis: environmental, social and movement cues that are received by your nervous system as dangerous.  Not all pain is as simple as stepping on a tack.
  • Pain is an individualized experience.
  • Why you should adequately equip your journey to pain-free movement with knowledge about pain and the brain
  • Like a well-oiled machine, the body needs fine-tuning, and that includes a focus on your muscles.

Links of interest:

"Pain is far more than just physical, it affects our overall well-being and emotional state and this is completely NORMAL.” Cor-kinetic Pain Science blog

Movement Pathways course 15 episode about the nervous system

May 22 with Meredith McDonough Pain Medicine

Dr Sean Mackey MD PhD Hidden Brain

Pain as a metaphor

Can your back or muscle pain be related to gluten sensitivity?

Jen DeLorenzo Therapy in Virginia

Gregory Gordon in New York, NY

Biology study guide for Para-sympahatic and Sympathetic Nervous Systems

Heart Rate Variability, Start using this to help your training HRV is the number that represents the variations in the deep polarization of the heartbeat. Specifically the spike on the wave links when you look at the electrical activity of the heart (QRS waves)

Pain blog and the Traffic Light theory