Exercise Can Help with Neuropathy Pain
A new study suggests that exercise can help alleviate neuropathic pain.
By Shiraz Abbas
Exercise can have many benefits. It helps you with weight loss, mental well-being, looking more youthful and longevity. A new study shows that in addition to its conventionally known benefits, it can also help alleviate pain related to neuropathy and overall nerve damage.
Neuropathic pain is one of the most common but most difficult forms of pain to treat. Neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy is a condition characterized by a progressive damage to the nerves either due to causes like diabetes, infection or autoimmune responses like in the case of CIDP neuropathy.
Neuropathy treatments vary from conventional pain medication, marijuana, antidepressants and anti-epileptic drugs, and the more promising IVIG infusion all of which have helped but the side-effects of these drugs (with the possible exception of IVIG) sometimes outweigh their benefits.
The new study on the effect of exercise on neuropathic pain is therefore extra interesting. In the study, rats were made to perform a series of exercises upon nerve injury. The study concluded a significant reduction in neuropathic pain for both treadmill running and swimming. The pain did not go away completely but it was reduced by 30% to 50%. It seems that the pain was reduced by reducing abnormal responses to fluctuations in temperature and pressure.
More importantly, the study also found that exercise led to a reduction in inflammation in the body which seems to be associated with the development of neuropathic pain and hence further suggesting the overall relationship between body inflammation and neuropathy. This means that not only can exercise help, but perhaps even diet can play a critical role in reducing bodily inflammation and therefore neuropathy.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.