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August 8, 2012
A great deal of people are experiencing chronic neuropathic or nerve pains, especially lower back pains or other related kinds of conditions. Nerve pains are usually linked to burning sensation or numbness in certain body areas, mostly in hands, arms, feet, or legs, but other areas can be affected, too. Phantom limb pains, or pains after amputation of a body part, are also among the most common types of neuropathic pains. Usually, such pains can to some extent be controlled by using a variety of medications, including painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications and antidepressants. However, it is a known fact that most of such kind of treatments have many unwanted side effects, starting from minor digestive disorders and ending up with serious cardiovascular or mental problems. That is why many people prefer using alternative approaches like acupuncture or aromatherapy, as well as natural nerve pain relief technologies, inducing various relaxing home made treatments and herbal remedies.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to combat nerve pains by using any or a combination of the mentioned approaches, that is why new methods for effective nerve pain relief are being constantly looked for by the world’s leading medical scientists. According to the findings of a new study, using exercise as a nerve pain relief technique can be a very powerful approach. An expert team of specialists from the Institute & Department of Physical Therapy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, and the Department of Physical Therapy, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, have studied the mechanisms of neuropathic pain and its responses on physical exercise. It became apparent that regular exercises can be a great solution for nerve pain and assist in considerable reduction of pains related to any kind of nerve damage, especially the pains after serious traumas, or pains caused by type 2 diabetes, spinal disc herniation or other lower back problems, and so on.
For the experiments, Taiwan scientists used a group of lab rats which underwent a certain nerve injury. The rats were divided into two groups, one of which was made to preform daily progressive exercise, including treadmill running or swimming. The other group was left without any kind of special regular physical activities. For over 4 weeks, the scientists monitored the effects of exercise for nerve pain, and it was found out that exercises reduced the signs like abnormal responses to increased temperature, pressure, etc., showing considerable reduction in nerve pain severity. According to the estimations of the scientists, abnormal responses on sudden pressure and temperature changes in the rats involved in exercises were up to 30-49 per cent lower compared to the responses of the rats from the control group, meaning that that rats from the first group started experiencing a lot less pains as a result of constant physical activities.
After more detailed analysis, it became apparent that in the group of rats involved in exercises it was a reduced expression of inflammation-promoting cytokines in their nerve tissues, leading to increased production of protein, known as heat shock protein-27. The scientists suppose that increased amounts of this protein have contributed in reduced expression of tumour necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-1-beta, which cause inflammation and bring to more pains. Therefore, the idea of using exercises for nerve pain relief can be a very beneficial and effective natural approach. It can work great for everyone and give an opportunity to avoid numerous side effects linked to common medication usage. If you are interested in receiving more information about the methods and the findings of this study, click here for details. Also, these findings were recently published in Anesthesia and Analgesia, the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).
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