A recent study published in Science magazine is the first to explain how pain and reward interact. The research begins to uncover why it is such a struggle for people undergoing chronic pain to get through the day. Chronic pain is usually a result of back, hip, knee, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal problems. People experiencing pain undergo a change in brain circuitry that makes them less willing to work for a reward, even though they still want it. The use of pain medication or transient remedies does not reduce the effect. The only solution the researchers found is to eliminate chronic pain by using exercise and stretching as an intervention. When pain is no longer present, the pursuit of goals is likely to yield pleasurable results leading to increased productivity, teamwork, compliance at work, and successful work-life activities.
Put this knowledge into practice with a few simple stretching exercises
to reduce chronic pain.
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