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Got Chronic Pain? Here's Why You Should Increase Your Activity Levels

Got Chronic Pain? Here's Why You Should Increase Your Activity Levels

Chronic pain can significantly impact your quality of life, making even simple, routine tasks seem challenging. While increasing physical activity might be a distant thought when you experience chronic pain, you may be surprised to learn that exercise can improve your condition and overall well-being.

Our experienced team at Summit Primary Care often recommends physical activity as a first-line treatment for pain management

Let’s look at the benefits of increasing your activity:

1. Strengthens muscles and decreases pain

Regular physical activity can help strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected areas, reducing strain and providing better joint support. Strong muscles can help alleviate the pressure on your joints and reduce pain. 

Exercising with a focus on flexibility, strength, and endurance can help improve your pain tolerance and enhance your ability to cope with chronic pain.

2. Increases endorphins

When you engage in physical activity, your body releases feel-good hormones called endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals. Endorphins help reduce pain, elevate your mood, and promote a sense of overall well-being. 

By increasing your activity levels, you experience a natural boost in endorphins, which can also help counteract the negative impact that chronic pain can have on your mental health.

3. Improves sleep 

Chronic pain often disrupts sleep, leading to fatigue. It’s a vicious cycle, as the more tired you are, the less tolerance you have for pain. Maintaining regular physical activity can help regulate your sleep patterns by promoting deeper and more restful sleep. 


When you get adequate sleep, your body has a chance to heal and repair itself, which can contribute to a reduction in pain levels. Incorporating light exercises or relaxation techniques into your routine before bedtime can improve sleep quality and provide you with the rest you need.

4. Improves flexibility and joint function

Physical activity can actually improve joint function and flexibility if you suffer from chronic pain. Low-impact exercises like swimming, cycling, or tai chi can help increase the range of motion, decrease stiffness, and improve joint mobility. You can also tailor these activities to your ability and comfort level. 

5. Boosts mental well-being

Living with chronic pain can take a toll on your mental health, leading to feelings of frustration, depression, and anxiety. As physical activity releases pain-relieving endorphin chemicals, the endorphins also boost your mood. 

People who exercise regularly have lower stress levels, experience improved cognitive function, and improve overall mental health. By incorporating physical activity into your routine, you can experience a positive shift in your mental state, allowing you to better manage the emotional challenges associated with chronic pain.

Before starting an exercise routine

We recommend scheduling an appointment with our team before starting a new exercise routine. We’ll provide customized guidance and recommendations based on your specific condition and fitness level to ensure your safety.

At Summit Primary Care, we believe in a holistic approach to pain management. While physical activity can be highly beneficial, it’s only one component of a comprehensive pain management plan. We’re dedicated to working with you to develop a tailored treatment approach that addresses your unique needs and goals. 

Call the office or schedule an appointment online at one of our offices in La Junta, Denver, Colorado Springs, or Pueblo, Colorado, to start your journey toward a pain-free life.

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