Physical Activity Is Related to Pain Sensitivity in Healthy Women
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 07/06/2012
Ellingson LD et al. – The results provide preliminary evidence that meeting current physical activity recommendations may be beneficial for pain in women. Moreover, participation in vigorous activity seems to account for the decreased pain sensitivity. In the sample, sedentary behavior did not seem to have a deleterious effect on pain. Results from this study have many potential applications including aiding the understanding of why exercise functions as a treatment for those with chronic pain conditions and providing a rationale for including physical activity assessment in pain research.