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Chronic Pain Q & A

NY FITPROS

Personal Training, Medical Fitness & Weight Loss Center located in New Rochelle, NY

Chronic pain is a significant health problem in the United States affecting approximately 100 million adults. Finding effective treatment to alleviate your pain can be as frustrating as the pain itself. At NY FITPROS in New Rochelle, New York, Rui Mateus and the multi-disciplinary team of health and exercise specialists offer a natural, non-drug approach to pain management. They create individualized medical exercise and nutrition programs and integrate other treatment modalities to help relieve your chronic pain and reclaim your life. To learn more about their pain management approach, call the office or request an appointment online today.

All Natural, Non-Drug Approach to Pain Management

How can a medical exercise program alleviate my chronic pain?

Medical exercise is a highly specialized form of personal training that follows medical protocols.  It requires advanced training and medical-level knowledge of the human body to create an exercise program that helps address your pain's root cause, safely and without side effects from pain medications. 

For chronic pain, the medical exercise specialists at NY FITPROS take a very personalized approach. Their customized programs are recognized by hospitals and physicians as effective in promoting recovery from a wide variety of chronic pain and limited mobility issues associated with numbness, tingling, and other symptomology of pain.

The process starts with undergoing the industries’ most advanced assessment, which will help identify the potential contributing factors that might be causing the type of pain you’re experiencing. Their specialists then build your personalized medical exercise program to address what your body needs. Additionally, your situation may require your program to include components from some of the other specialties offered at NY FITPROS, such as:

  • Post-rehab training
  • Yoga
  • Massage Therapy
  • Stretching
  • Lifestyle coaching 
  • Diet and nutrition coaching
  • Weight loss services
  • Development of improved self-care behaviors
  • Mindfulness and meditation training

Depending on your specific situation, the team decides which modalities will be most effective for your situation. Then they thoughtfully apply the principles of progression, intensity, and volume (frequency and time) to engage you safely in a condition-specific exercise that is tolerable and effective. They begin with a light-to-moderate intensity of training and other modalities and then move you through a progressive transitional period to allow you and your body to acclimate to the program. This minimizes the risk of further injury and improves program adherence.

Whether you are suffering from low back pain caused by an awkward movement or pain caused by an illness like fibromyalgia, or even aches and stiffness stemming from an old, new, or recurring injury, NY FITPROS can help. These exercise protocols are fully recognized and endorsed by the American Medical Associations (AMA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Academy of Pain Medicine, National Association of Complementary and Alternative Medicines, and the majority of the local medical community. 

 

Why do I still have pain even after taking prescribed medications?

Estimates show that approximately 100 million adults suffer from chronic pain in the United States, about 40% of all Americans over the age of 18.  Chronic pain is also a more expensive issue than heart disease, cancer, or diabetes, as its annual economic cost is over $560 billion. However, conventional medicine is not as effective a treatment as it should be, despite these overwhelming statistics.  

Prescription drugs, like opioids, are often used to treat chronic pain. Opioids are not only highly addictive but also bring an assortment of unpleasant side effects. They only serve to mask pain symptoms, rather than address the problem’s root cause. These pain medications become less effective over time, and because overdoses are often fatal, most doctors are reluctant to prescribe them long-term. As a result, millions of people turn to non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and aspirin. However, this family of medications also comes with side effects if used long-term, particularly gastrointestinal distress.  

On the other hand, exercise causes the body to release endorphins – the body's natural painkillers. Unlike opioids and NSAIDs, the benefits of exercise vastly outweigh any possible cons.  Regular exercise promotes weight management, reduces the risk of heart disease, manages blood sugar, and provides mental sharpness and improved mood.  At NY FITPROS, they help you make the necessary lifestyle changes to avoid the adverse side effects of prescription medicine. Why should chronic pain be managed when it can be eliminated?

What is the main problem with modern medicine’s current approach to pain management?

A universally-accepted model for pain management does not yet exist. Pain is a complex phenomenon that includes neurophysiology and psychology, so it is inadequate to solely address its physical component.  

Pain often lingers long after the initial illness or injury is over, and it can move throughout the body in unique ways. For instance, individuals suffering from the same condition are unlikely to have the same perception of pain. As a result, the mind and body cannot be viewed as separate; pain is a subjective experience. Regardless, the current model of using opioids and NSAIDs broadly addresses the physical aspect of the problem, merely masking the underlying causes.  

Individuals suffering from chronic pain would benefit most from an integrative approach, which addresses a patient holistically - whole mind and body. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” – the mission that NY FITPROS strives to achieve for each client. The team believes that the mind and body are purposefully connected, and their individualized care programs reflect the mind-body connection.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

It is recommended that you request a referral from your doctor. The NY FITPROS team can then collaborate with your doctor in the event they need any relevant information concerning your condition or injury. Additionally, they can submit follow up progress reports as required.

What can I expect during a chronic pain evaluation?

NY FITPROS is a premier personal training gym, offering medical fitness and post-rehabilitation services that have helped thousands of people take control of their chronic pain through their medical exercise solutions for pain.

At NY FITPROS, you and your body are the main focus. Your body along with your individual needs are unique to you, which means your fitness program must be one of a kind, too.

During your evaluation, your medical exercise specialist uses advanced methods and tools to completely assess all major functional aspects of your body. 

Your program will consist of:

  • Thorough review of your medical and surgical history and previous treatments
  • Smart Start Assessment
  • FIT3D Analyzer
  • Brain Gauge Cognitive Assessment
  • Diet and Nutritional Assessment

Based on the information gathered during your evaluation, your medical exercise specialist will develop your customized strength-training and aerobic-conditioning program. Your personal training may be provided one-on-one, with a buddy, or as part of a small group. 

NY FITPROS also provides you with your own heart monitor, allowing you to quantify the intensity of your training.

The team guarantees that your individual medical exercise program is safe and that it’s personalized to maximize its effectiveness to help you perform optimally. 

Can a nutrition program help my chronic pain?

Research has shown that certain foods may contribute to general inflammation throughout the body or in specific joints, limbs, muscle structures, or connective tissues. NY FITPROS understands the connection between nutrition, pain, and your condition. Your exercise specialist can design a nutrition plan that syncs with your workouts to alleviate symptoms, improve your recovery, mood, and overall wellness.

The specialists at NY FITPROS are also weight-loss experts,  using clinically proven techniques in nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle coaching to help you lose the weight necessary to positively affect your condition. If excess body weight remains, it places extra stress on your joints and muscles, making your pain worse.

Start your journey to reduced pain, better health, and wellness today. Call NY FITPROS or request an appointment online to learn more about how their chronic pain management program will ease your pain without drugs and their associated side effects.