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  • Magic Pill, Episode #14: How Exercise Can Help Manage Pain

    Economic TimesWBUR - 09/13/2016

    Interesting factoid for today: Research suggests that exercise can be as effective at relieving pain as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — like Advil, Motrin and Aleve. Dr. Maura Iversen of Northeastern University, a rehab specialist and researcher on arthritis, says exercise can reduce pain about as much as low-dose NSAIDs.

    “Exercise really is medicine,” she says — and the side effects tend to be positive rather than problematic. Also, Iversen says, exercise is known to influence your immune response, and stronger muscles support joints better. Exercise has also been shown to change how you perceive your pain — swimming seems to particularly help arthritis patients.

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