What’s This Research About?
The primary goal of this research was to determine if isotonic or isometric exercise was effective at inducing an analgesic effect within a physical therapy protocol. The secondary goal was determining changes to cortical motor function in the CNS directly following an acute bout of exercise.
Tendinopathy can be a difficult and painful condition to manage. The most frequently prescribed form of exercise to treat tendinopathy is eccentric exercise. Unfortunately, eccentric exercise can increase pain in some individuals.
An exercise-induced, pain-relieving therapeutic intervention may be ideal because it is noninvasive, can increase adherence, and allow pain to be managed directly before or after an activity.