The Effect Of Exercise On Pain Perception

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The role of exercise in pain perception has been widely researched for over a number of years as Koltyn (2000) found research had been taking place for more than twenty years. Previous studies have identified the significance of exercise in the treatment and rehabilitation for many patients with chronic pain (Naugle, Fillingham, & Riley, 2012). According to IASP Taxonomy, International Association for the Study of Pain, “hypoalgesia is diminished pain in response to a normally painful stimulus” (Merskey, & Bogduk, 2011). It was suggested that further examination was required to develop an understanding of hypoalgesic responses following different modes of exercise (Koltyn, 2000). Further studies have provided evidence that healthy individuals demonstrated that sensitivity to painful stimuli is reduced with acute exercise (Naugle et al., 2012). This is indicative of a hypoalgesic response which is known as exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH) (Naugle et al., 2012). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of exercise on pain perception using Cold Pressor Test. It is hoped that the results will add further to previous research. It was hypothesised that the pain perception using cold pressure test would be higher after exercise as opposed to before exercise. It was also hypothesised that the response time to pain would be higher after exercise as opposed to before exercise.

The study was experimental design with one independent variable, exercise.…
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