HEALTH: Activity and pain

Older adults with higher levels of physical activity have pain modulation patterns that might help lower their risk of developing chronic pain, according to a new study

In tests of pain processing by the central nervous system, physically active older adults have lower pain perception and are better able to block responses to painful stimuli, according to the new research by Kelly M. Naugle, PhD, and colleagues of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“This study provides the first objective evidence suggesting that physical activity behavior is related to the functioning of the endogenous pain modulatory systems in older adults,” the researchers said.

Read the full report on the Medical News Today website

 

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