💥 𝐄𝐗𝐄𝐑𝐂𝐈𝐒𝐄 𝐈𝐒 𝐌𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐂𝐈𝐍𝐄 💥 • Have you heard of the expression “Exercise is medicine”? • At the clinic we say it all the time and here is why. The human brain produces many powerful painkillers like Endorphins, enkephalins, endomorphins, dynorphins that are released during exercise. Along with painkillers, your brain also releases neurotransmitters like serotonin (enhances mood), dopamine (improves motivation, focus and learning), and norepinephrine (improves attention, perception and motivation). Consistent exercise also leads to larger brain cells (helps regulate mood and mental clarity), larger hippocampus (improves learning ability and memory) and improves vasculature in the brain. • Exercise = “brain gains” + free painkillers! • As a disclaimer, we want to mention that pain should not be ignored. The saying "no pain, no gain" is quite debatable. Pain is the body's way of alerting YOU that something is wrong. However, we want to bring into light that there are many ways to continue exercising (check out our previous posts on modifying workouts and training with pain) and that exercise can reduce feelings of pain. We also want to mention that painkillers do have a time and place. But, it is important to remember that your brain and exercise can also help you cope with pain. ---------------------------------- Integral Physiotherapy: Get well, move well, live well! If you need to see a Physiotherapist or Massage Therapist make sure to visit our website to book online at www.integralphysio.com OR call-in at 587-401-2371. Don't forget to leave us a Google review and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!