Despite these statistics, our bodies are resilient and always capable of changing, no matter how frustrating our pain experiences can seem. We take a different approach to chronic pain at HealthHQ: we want to unlock the medicine already inside of your body. There is overwhelming, compelling evidence that even low intensity, steady state cardiovascular exercise produces natural, strong, pain-killing chemicals. In fact, the average strength of pain-killing chemicals released during exercise is almost 400% higher than the normal dose of opioid based pain medication (Gurevich et al., 2008 & Koltyn et al., 2014). Our goal is to help you find ways to move that do not aggravate your pain, so that we can tap into your body’s own pain-killing chemicals to help you feel better, move better, and return to normal living.
In addition to movement, we utilize severe hands-on, manual therapy techniques to reduce your pain so that you feel more like moving. While we can’t cure people with our hands as physical therapists, the inclusion of manual therapy in any plan of care related to chronic pain is important to ensure the exercises we have you perform make you successful in permanently reducing your pain long-term (Puentedura & Flynn, 2016; Wood et al., 2019; Saracoglu et al., 2022).