Exercise Should Be Recommended to People Suffering From Chronic Pain: Study

Lovely granddaughter walking with senior woman holding stick in park and wearing mask for safety against covid-19. Happy old grandmother enjoying walking in park with girl. Smiling elderly woman with happy caregiver in park relaxing after quarantine due to coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.A new announcement from the medicine watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that people suffering from chronic pain should perform regular exercise. Many people who have chronic pain turn to painkillers, so the institute hopes to curb the number of patients taking medications.

Experts agree that it’s not surprising to these new guidelines about exercise, as harmful side effects from painkillers have long been recorded. Painkillers may reduce some of the pain associated with chronic pain, but they do nothing to address the underlying problem of joint stiffness and muscle weakness. People can also become reliant and abuse painkillers.

Cost-Effective Treatment


This statement from NICE comes at the same time as the publication of a review that shows how exercise is more effective than usual care and more cost-effective. This can mean a better outcome for the patient while giving exercising a tremendous value.

Before COVID-19 hit, a program had started in the United Kingdom in March 2020. This included 294 physiotherapy departments and community center sites across the country. Almost 20,000 people had taken part in the program. It was recorded to have saved the health system roughly £30 million by reducing the amount of healthcare support these patients need.

As COVID lockdown begins to ease, the UK is slowly getting these programs back up and running. By teaching people the importance of exercise in managing joint pain, they can reduce their usage of painkillers.

It has been known for a long time that exercise is good for those with chronic pain, but it has not been largely recommended as an alternative to painkillers. Exercise is essential for patients with joint pain. Walking has been found to help joints stay active as they can become stiff and painful if not moved regularly, especially in those with knee pain. Muscles that protect our joints against harmful movements can also weaken, exposing them to even greater harm.

Teaching patients about safe physical activity can help them keep their joints moving and help those with muscle weakness. An organization such as NICE is a welcome addition to the UK’s healthcare system and could greatly benefit patients in the US if something similar was implemented. For those who are suffering from chronic pain, talk to your doctor about an exercise program that could help.

Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.