Social support stimulates physical activity

...but how does it work?

  • Indirect relation between social support and physical activity
  • Pain reduction increases the correlation between social support and physical activity
  • Advice: add social components to lifestyle interventions in patients with chronic pain

Social support has a positive, yet indirect effect on the amount of physical activity that is performed, especially in people who move less as a result of pain. Pain reduction seems to stimulate the relation between social support and physical activity. Lifestyle programmes for patients suffering from chronic pain are possibly more effective if interventions are added which aim at the expansion and the improvement of one's social network. This is suggested by Australian researchers, who analysed the data of over 12,000 people.


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